Money Saving Blog By Houston Mom

Erins Great Money Saving Caper

Erin's Great Money Saving Caper

Check out the following  blog about saving money written by a mom here in the Houston area.

She has tons of wonderful tips and techniques for saving money.  How to buy, when to buy and what to buy.

Great Blog Erin!

Her website:  http://jane4girls800dollarannualbudget.blogspot.com/

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Save Money On Groceries Without Having To Cut Coupons And Run Around Town

Houston Grocery Ads

Houston Grocery Ads

Did you know that Wal-Mart has a competitor’s price match guarantee on all items in the store? Here is how to save money on items you shop for every week at Wally Mart.  I am not in any way endorsing Wally Mart but am only trying to pass this helpful money saving tip along to others.  I think a bunch of other stores need to pay more attention to Wal-Mart’s marketing strategy.  I have some opinions about WallyM but now is not the time to express these thoughts here.

1.  Save every advertisement paper that arrive free every week in the mail: grocery store (Food Town, HEB, Kroger, Brookshire’s, Fiesta, Randalls), drug store (CVS, Walgreen’s), hardware store (Home Depot, Sears, Lowe’s, Best Buy).   Remember to check out the Target ads in Sunday’s paper too.

2.  Go through every ad circling all the items with a big colorful marker that you buy every week like milk, deli meats, sugar, onions, strawberries, Capri Suns, grapes etc.  I buy at least three bottles of Zyrtec every month for my daughter’s allergies so I am always on the look out for sales on Zyrtec. If you need a coupon at the competitor’s store to purchase at a certain price you cannot get the same price at Wally Mart.

3.  Make a list with the name of the store, the brand name, the weight/packaging size and price.  If you do not have time to do this then just throw the ads in your car just in case you happen to stop by Wally-Mart.

4.  When you go to Wally World take your stack of ads for the current week inside along with your itemized list.  You must have the ads in your hot little hands.

5.  Make  very sure you select the matching brand, quantity, size of the product that matches the competitor’s ad.  Sometimes Target will have the same brand at a better price but the packaging quantity may be different.  What this means is that you cannot price match.

6.  Go to the full-service check-out with your full cart, circled ads and list.

7.  Separate the “matching price” items on the conveyor belt from the non-competitors’ ad products.

8.  Before your cashier begins ringing up your items tell her/him that you have the matching ads for some of the products you are purchasing. Make it easier on the cashier by grouping the products together.   Be courteous to your cashier. 🙂

9.  Be prepared to show the cashier  the competitors ad.  Tell the cashier the competitor’s price. (Some cashiers merely glance at the ad and keep ringing up your items while others stop and examine the ad plus the product to see if it is the right size and if your competitor’s ad is for the current week.)

You will save money.    Let me know how this works out for all of you.

Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston Trip

Schlitterbahn Pictures

Schlitterbahn Pictures

I am so exhausted from our family trip to Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Galveston.  We saved $10.00 on tickets by picking up a $2.50 off each ticket coupon at the Galveston Visitors’ Center.  Sam’s Club also sells a family fun pack with 2 adult, 2 children and lunch for 4 pack for $139.99.    Also check out http://www.Freckletown.com  for money-saving coupons to Schlitterbahn and other fun activities in the Houston area.

  We took in a cooler full of Gatorade, Capri-Sun’s and waters plus snacks.  The kids did not want to stop to eat at all anyway.

We had a great time and I highly recommend this place for a quick stay-cation.  Once you get wet, you forget the heat and just enjoy the park.  Schlitterbahn is very family-oriented plus they have free parking.

Here is the link:  http://www.schlitterbahn.com/gal/

More about this trip later……. meanwhile enjoy the pictures (No, there are no pictures of me with my pork hams out for the world to see.:

River Floating

River Floating

 

Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn Schlitterbahn Frog In Kiddie Area

Schlitterbahn

Schlitterbahn

 

Picnic Tables Everywhere

Picnic Tables Everywhere

Coupons For Kids, Toys and Food…Check Out FreckleTown

FreckleTown website

has a bunch of money-saving coupons for the Houston/Katy area along with a long list of kids activities.

Check out the Target Coupon for a $5 discount on a toy purchase of $25 or more.

Click here.