Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Meat: More Bang....and Flavor For YOUR Buck

With grocery prices soaring you can find coupons for many things but not very many for the "staples" like meat. There are alternatives of course, you can have meatless meals. But my uncle and I...especially my uncle like meat with our main meal of the day which for us is dinner. I've read many articles aout adding fillers like rice, and bread crumbs, even crackers to meat in recipes to stretch a dollar a little further. These are alright alternatives I've tried them all. But in my opinion they just make meals starchy and bland. Not to mention the crackers and rice seem to mush up if it's cooked a while. I found more healthy not to mention flavorful alternatives. Why not use vegetables? Instead of adding 1 1/2 pounds of groundmeat to a recipe add roughly a cup of green peppers, onions, and canned, drained, tomatoes to meatloafs, shepardspie, and even spaghetti. Or you could even add mushrooms and onions to burgers! This simple swap adds wonderful color and taste as well as vitamins and your not using as much meat! Let's get down to nitty grity, is it more expensive?

Crackers: About $2

Bread Crumbs: $1.08

Rice: About $1

Average: $1.36

Green Peppers: $0.89/lb

Canned Tomatoes: $.50 per can

Onions: $.75/lb

Estimated cost per cup: $1.07

Okay so it comes down to it, your saving about $0.29 per meal. Now that does add up! Plus you can't beat the nutrition aspects, along with being able to sneak a few veggies into your family's tummies!

$1/2 Lucky Leaf Pie FIlling Coupons

Click here to get you're Lucky Leaf Pie Filling Coupon

Monday, March 28, 2011

$25 Worth Of Food Coupons Giveaway! Ends 4/7/11

Since my computer is down and I'm sharing use with my uncle on his laptop I will only be giving away one envelope this week on the blog, although there are two giveaways currently up on the Saving To Start facebook page as well!

This super awesome envelope includes:

$1/1 Newman's Own Sweet Enough Cereal

(2) $1/1 Don Miguel item

$1/1 Rosina, Celentano, Italian Village or Floresta Product

$1/2 Ragu Sauces

$1/2 Lipton Tea Bag, Ice Tea, To Go or Mix

$1/2 Hellmann's Products

$1/1 Bertolli Frozen Product

$0.50/1 16 Oz. Brown Cow yogurt

$1/2 General Mills Cereals

$1/5 Totinos Crisp Crust Party Pizzas

$0.50/3 6 oz brown cow yogurts

$0.50/1 32 oz Brown Cow Yogurt

(2) $1/2 Ken's Dressings

$1/3 Hamburger Helper, Tuna Helper, or Chicken Helper

$1/1 Ken's Marinade

$1/2 Newman's Own Salad Dressings

$1/2 Newman's Own Pasta Sauce, Salsas, Lemonades, Marinades, or Popcorns

$1/2 Kix Cereals

$1/2 Original Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios

$1/1 Uncle Ben's Whole Grain White Rice Product

$1/2 Fiber One Cereals

$1/2 Stella D'oro items

$1/2 Breyers Ice Cream Products

$0.35/1 Born Free or BF Family All Natural Eggs

This giveaway will end Thursday April 7th. How do you enter to win?

1.) "Like" Saving To Start on facebook. And comment here with your email address

2.) Follow Saving to Start via GFC. And comment here with your email address.

3.) Give me a link to or just the recipe of your favorite spring time food! Don't forget to include you're email address!

Awesome New Printable Coupons

Don't forget to use your back button and print these coupons twice!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Facebook Giveaways!

Have you "liked" Saving to Start on facebook yet? If not you should head over here and do so. I have two giveaways up on there right now. So, check out th ephoto album "Giveaways"! One for $5 in coupons for Beech-Nut products, the others for over $11 in cosmetic products! Look out tomorrow for a giveaway right here on the blog as well. Giving lots of coupons away this week! Keep looking out for more! Plus if Saving To Start can get to 100 likes I'll be having an extra exciting giveaway in store! :)

Free Victoria's Secret Bombshell Sample

Click here to get yours! This isn't somehting I'd normally buy, but I figured to give it a go.

Free FiberOne Sample

Click here to get a free Fiberone Sample.

Free Aveeno Sample

Click here to get your aveeno sample.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Free John Frieda Hair Color

Like John Frieda on facebook scroll down to take survey do the brief survey and fill out your information to see if you qualify.

Get two free Suave Professionals Products

Click here watch the videos and do the quizzes to get your coupons!

How to: Coupon 15 minutes a day!

When your scrambling to find the 25th hour in the day you probably tell yourself your couponing can wait until tomorrow. That's where you're wrong. Waiting until the last minute before you shop can make you miss that all important coupon/sale match up. It can also make you loose coupons which is just like loosing money! But let's face it you are online checking, email, shopping, and poking people on facebook at least 15 minutes a day. So try to put these simple actions into motion when you have a few extra minutes to spare. You dont have to do it all at once. Take a deep breath, and relax, couponing doesn't have to be stress inducing and complicated. I've seen many a person get flustered when it come to couponing. I hope these tips will help YOU!

  • Check Coupons.com, Redplum.com, and Smartsource.com; I recommend checking these in the morning.
  • Cut apart your inserts/print outs one day and organize them the next. You dont have to do it all at once. Just be sure to put them in a safe place!
  • Go on Facebook and check out your favorite brand. A lot of companies have coupons conveniently on there facbeook page.
  • Find 2-5 blogs that pertain to your interests in frugal living, check them a couple times a day for updates
  • Once a week, I recommend the day before you go shopping clean out your coupons. Donate your expired coupons to the military here.
  • Sort your sunday inserts into two piles, one pile you will be using soon and the other you're not likely to use. Only clip the ones you'll defiantly use. Get a simple folder to put the inserts you probably wont use in.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Head and Shoulders Sample

Click here to get a head and shoulder sample

Have you added the Facebook page yet?

Have you Added the saving to start facebook page yet?
You might want to in the next 7 minutes or so ( 7 pm EST).

Monday, March 21, 2011

Free Basil Seeds

I'm starting a garden this year are you? Click here to get three packets of basil seedsby signing up for their newsletter!

$1 for Four boxes of cereal plus milk

This weeks big deal at Shaw's is the 4/$10 plus free milk with next purchase.
$1.50/2 Coupon
$1.00/2 Coupon
(2) $0.75/1 Coupon

$5 off $50 order Recyclebank Coupon
= $1 for 4 Boxes of cereal and One gallon of milk!

To get the recyclebank coupon:

  • Get 30 points for taking a quiz about MillerCoors (reset)
  • Get 30 points for taking a Naked Juice game
  • Get 15 points with codes inside Kashi cereal boxes
= 75 Points, it only cost 50 points for the $5 off $50 order coupon!

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Its that time again! I just decided to put all the names together and pull out the first 4 winners and they'll get the envelopes in order.

Envelope One: Let's Eat: ClippingMoney

Envelope Two: Spring Cleaning:Tori

Envelope Three: Medicine Cabinet: Kalea_kane

Envelope Four: Mommy Saves *Bonus Envelope* : Mtmomo09

Winners will be notified ASAP! :) Keep a look out for more giveaways.

How to: Not be a coupon monster

We've all seen them. The couponers that don't know the rules, don't know how couponing works, doesn't understand the limitations. We've probably all seen a cashier get yelled at because they are trying there hardest to meet the person's expectations but can't break the rules just for that one person. Here's some tips and tricks.

1.) If you're new to couponing check out this site. She gives you a lot of help with the basics. It's how I got started!

2.) Be prepared. Have all the coupons you used together, if you are doing a price match have the flyer your matching clipped and ready to go. If you are going to use price matching at various locations I suggest picking up enough flyers for each store your price matching plus one or two extra. Cashiers DO need the clipped portion of the flyer, they CAN get fired most places if they don't have that in there drawer.

3.) Be able to recognize a Manufacturer's coupon versus a store coupon. Most store coupons have there logo printed on it. You can only use one manufacturers coupon and one store coupon per product most of the time.

4.) Try to give the cashier any BOGO or Free item coupons first. Its easier for them to record it this way. A happy cashier is always a good friend to have. You never know when you'll have a question or concern and keeping them happy will make you happier in the long run!

5.) Read the small print! Coupons have tiny print. I can not emphasize enough to read this small print. Sometimes it says the coupon can't be doubled. Sometimes they can only be used at specific locations. Etc. Reading the small print can defiantly save you a lot of time and headaches.

Pet Freebies and coupons!

Free Samples of Natural Bites Dog Food

$5/1 Pro Plan dog food coupon. Like them on facebook click the coupon button on the left side.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

How to: Make Extra Cash

Everyone needs a little extra cash in the bank every now and again right? Well here are a few of the sites I use on a daily basis to get a few extra dollars and free stuff!

1.) Swagbucks - Now swagbucks is by far my favorite. Basically it's a search and win site. Simple right? They also have Swagbucks TV that you can watch for up to 75 swagbucks a day, daily points, surveys, and special offers. Also there facebook fan page is one of my favorite places to find some really interesting people. I save my swagbucks up every month to get 5 $5 amazon gift cards. I spend these on all kinds of things, my biggest purchase with these to date was a Keurig coffee pot that I got for free with the giftcards! I know some save for diapers, and christmas presents! Read this for the real down low about swagbucks!

2.) Crowdtap - I enjoy this site. I check it once or twice a day and there are generally a few quick hits to do a day. my favorite thing about this one is occasionally you get chosen to try out new products, or high value coupons for items! You rack up money to get giftcards, and part of the money you earn goes to your choice of a charity! I think thats really great personally.

3.) InboxDollars and SendEarnings - I use these websites primarily for there paid emails. They both send 2 -3 emails a day for me to read I click the button and get about $0.03 per email. Doesn't sound like a lot I know but for about 2 minutes of your time its not bad at all.

4.) SuperPoints - I just began to use this site about a week ago. It's not that hard, you get a certain amount of times to click a really big button and you can win points. There are also offers and videos to watch! You can use the points to redeem gift cards. This website is invite only so leave a comment if you want an invite. :)

BONUS! Coupon Giveaway WORTH over $40

Due to, well just pure spontaneity I've decided to throw in one last envelope for this week. This is going to be a very short giveaway!

Bonus Envelope Mommy Saves
$1.50/1 Gerber Graduates Yogurt Blends Snack
$6/1 TARGET Gerber Goodstart formula 24 oz or larger
$3/2 Gerber 4 Packs or 32 oz. bottles of Gerber juice
$5/3 Gerber food, water, or beverage products
(2) $0.50/1 Welch's Product
(2)$1.50/2 Gerber Organic or Gerber Organic Smartnourish purees 2 packs
(3) $5/1 Similac Simple Pac large size powder
(3) $3/3 Similac SimplePac large size Powder
Total: $43.50 in savings!

How do you win these envelopes:
1.) Leave a comment here Along with your email address.
2.) Follow on Google Friend Connect, then comment telling me you did along with your email address.
3.) Like Saving To Start on my brand new fan page! Then comment telling me you did along with your email address.

Winners will be announced Sunday, March 20th at 11:59 PM Eastern! Winner will be selected by Random.org.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Also check your Kraft First Taste Accounts

Some Kraft first Taste members are getting an offer for free Temptations Jello packs. I already got mine! They look good I'm excited!

Check Vocalpoint For Free Sample

Check your Vocalpoints account guys they are offering a free sample of Frosted Mini Wheats with a touch of fruit! :) Check it out. I already got mine!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Free Sample Benny Bullys Dog/Cat treats

Click here to get your free sample of animal treats!

first 75,000 Glade Spring Candle

Click here to enter to possibly win a glade candle. From there new collection. First 75,000 people will get certificates by June 24th!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Write 5 reviews for $5 Amazon Gift Card

Viewpoints is at it again! Review 5 products to get the gift card before March 21st. I love these deals they do it's a nice way to beef up the old amazon gift card balance every once and a while. And this one is only for 5.

  • Written between March11th and March 21st, 2011.
  • At least 1 full paragraph long (700 characters).
  • Within these categories: Home & Garden, Family & Pets (excluding Toys), Health & Beauty, Kitchen (excluding food and beverages), Computers and Electronics.
  • About real products; inappropriate, copied or bogus content will be removed

Frugal Recipe St. Patrick's Day Edition

1/2 Cooked and Peeled Large Potato
3 - 4 Cups Confectioners sugar
Peanut butter as desired.

Mash the potato and gradually add sugar until it becomes a dough. Roll out on confectioner sugar and spread peanut butter on it. Roll and slice thinly. These are very very sweet but tasty!

Coupon: Like ButterFInger Snackers

Like Butterfinger Snackers on facebook and get a $0.10/1 Coupon. The more likes they get the higher value the coupon gets!

Dont forget to Like Saving To Start on facebook as well!

Coupon Giveaway Until 3/20/11

This time I'm giving away 3 envelopes of coupons, instead of two. That means 3 winners! Different themes too! These are all manufacturer's coupons as well! Can you tell I'm really excited about this? I'm so happy that last giveaway was so popular and I hope to make this one an even bigger hit! And I would again like to congratulate last giveaway's winners Diana and Deb! :)

Envelope One: Let's Eat!
$0.50/1 Mezzetta Product
$0.25/1 Chicken Of The Sea Product
$1/1 Weight Watcher's Cheese
$1/1 V8 Soup
$1/2 V8 Juice
$0.50/1 Carolina Rice Procut (2)
$1/1 Pepperidge Farm Baked Naturals Snacks
$1/4 Van Camp's Beans
$1/2 Swanson Premium Chicken Breast Cans
$1/2 Orville Radenbachher's Smartpop Popcorn
$1/2 Multi Packs of Diet Coke
$1/2 12 Packs Diet Coke
$1/1 Bubba Burger
$0.50/1 Diet Coke 20 Oz.
$1/1 Quaker Life Soft Baked Bars
$1.50/1 Philadelphia Cooking Creme
= $15.25 in coupons!

Envelope Tw0: Spring Cleaning!
$1/1 Air Wick Candle
$1/1 Airwick Scented Oil Twin Pack or two single refills
Free Airwick Warmer with purchase of One refill
$0.50/1 Ziploc Bags
BOGO Glade Fabric and Air Odor Elimanter
$0.75/1 Mr.Clean Multi Surface Spray
$1/1 Seiffer duster or Dust and Shine Spray
$4/1 Swiffer Supervac or wetjet starter kit
=$17 in coupons!

Envelope Three: Medicine Cabinet!
$0.50/1 Halls
$3/2 Paytex Tampons
$1/1 Mucinex D
$1/1 Bayer Asprin
$1/1 Aleve
$1/1 Aleve D
$1/1 Alka Seltzer
$1/1 One a Day Vitamin
$1/1 Flinstones Vitamins
$0.50/2 Q Tips
$1/1 Phillips Product
$1/1 Citracel Product
$1.1 Vaseline Intensive care lotion
= $14 in coupons!

How do you win these envelopes:
1.) Leave a comment here with the envelope you'd like most to least. (I.e. Lets Eat!, Medicine Cabinet!, and Spring Cleaning!) Along with your email address.
2.) Follow on Google Friend Connect, then comment telling me you did along with your email address.
3.) Like Saving To Start on my brand new fan page! Then comment telling me you did along with your email address.

Also go to the new coupon giveaway for moms here.

Winners will be announced Sunday, March 20th at 11:59 PM Eastern! Winner will be selected by Random.org.

Free Purex with Zout

Click here to sign up to get a free sample of purex with zout. Who doesn't need more laundry detergent?

Thanks Couponing To Disney.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Shaw's Weekly Deals

The shaw's weekly deals have been updated. I will be updating the monthly deals tomorrow. To get the best bang for your buck look at the post under this one. Also look on the look out tomorrow because a new coupon giveaway will be up and this time I'm giving away 3 Envelopes of coupons all equally over $10! :)

Best deals of the week at Shaws

French's Mustard $1.39
$.50/1 French's Mustard Coupon DOUBLED
= $0.39 for One

Campbell's Condensed Soup $10/10
$0.50/2 Campbells Soup DOUBLED
= $1 For 2

Green Giant Frozen Vegetables 10/$10
$0.50/1 Coupon DOUBLED, print twice
= 2 for FREE

Friday, March 11, 2011

Thursday, March 10, 2011

$1.50/1 El Monterey Product

Like El Monterey on facebook and be able to print off a $1.50 off any one El Monterey product, we like the burritos.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Free Cookbooks

Click here to get a free lasagna cookbook
And Here for a free pork recipe booklet.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Planning a trip? Free Luggage tags

Click here and Like KLM on facebook and you'll be able to get 2 free luggage tags!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Stuffed Peppers in the Crockpot

I don't know about you but I love love love my crockpot! It's amazing! So here's a stuffed pepper recipe you can do in your crockpot. It makes 4 servings, because that's what fits in mine. Feel free to alter it to fit your crockpot. This is a more expensive meal then normal, but in the summer if you have a garden where your growing peppers it will make this meal really cheap!

2 Small cans of tomato sauce ( $0.39 each)
1 cup water
2 Green Peppers ( About $3)
1 1/2 cups rice ( $1)
1 - 1 1/2 lb Ground Beef/sausage ( About $2)
Oregano, Garlic, and Thyme ( plus any seasonings you like)
Per Serving: $1.69
Per meal: $6.78

Cut the peppers in half clean out the seeds and membrane ( white part)
Brown the ground meat in a pan.
Add one can of tomato sauce.
add rice and seasonings.
Stir together let sit about 5 minutes.
Put ground meat mixture in peppers.
Put other can of tomato sauce, a pinch of each spice and water in bottom of crockpot.
Set peppers on top.
Cook about 2 hours on high, and 1 hour on low

HOme Made Simple Booklet

Go here to request your booklet! Over 35$ savings!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Freebie: Free bottle of Country Bob's sauce

Click here to get your free bottle. This is awesome with summer and grilling season right around the corner!

Hurry! Target Samples + Coupons Beauty Bag

Click here now to get a beauty bag full of $25 dollars in coupons and free samples.

(Thanks Couponing To Diney!)

Pet Coupon Roundup!

This is Snickers. She's not big on getting her picture taken.

-$0.50/1 Good Life Cat Treats
- $3/1 Pedigree Dog Food 3.5 lb. or larger
-BOGO Pedigree Canned Dog Food
-$1.50/1 GoodLife Cat Food Dry
-$1/1 Jumbone treats for dogs

-BOGO Greenies Dog Treat
- $1/1 Purina Benefuls Treats
- $3/1 Peo Plan Selectes

- B3G1 Cesar Canine Cuisine wet food
- $2/1 Cesar Treats
-$2/1 Pedigree Good Bites Treats

Free Recipe Book From Jiffy

Submit this form , and get a free cookbook from Jiffy mix. This excites me since Jiffy mix is fairly cheap and I'm always on the look out for cheap recipes.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

I have just drawn the two winners for the coupon giveaway!
The two winners should be expecting to receive an email in a few minutes. Thank you everyone that entered!


Would you like a bunch of coupons sent straight to your mailbox?
Well don't forget about my give away ending at 8 pm this evening.
Just click here. Or you could go to the Giveaways tab at the top of the page.
Have a lovely evening folks!

Best Deal of the week at Shaws

WISE CheeZ doodles B1G1 - Plus $0.50/1 Coupon print it twice!

General Mills Cereal B1G1 - Plus $0.75/1 Coupon print twice plus Shaw's double coupons up to a dollar = $0 dollars for TWO boxes plus 1 cent overage.

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt - $0.50/1 coupon print twice plus the double = 2 Free

Free Tomato Seeds

If you're like me you realize spring is coming, and I'm starting a garden. So Im really excited about this. Click here and click on the above picture to get your free packet of seeds from heinz and Red Robin!

Meet Jaelen

Hello, My blogging family. Normally I would be posting about some deal or some freebie. But today I have a request for you. Click here and try to spend a few of those hard saved dollars to help a family.

What's Going on? My coworker and friend's son has been very very ill he's been in and out of the hospital. Instead of taking off work to take her son to the hospital and be with him she's been at work everyday! Why? Because she cant afford not to be. She's been such a trooper! She's one of the nicest people I've met. Her beautiful son is doing so much better now, but he has to have nebulizer treatments daily. Every little dollar I can raise to help this family would be appreciated! :) So if you have a few extra dollars invest it in a good cause and a beautiful baby boy. I really want to be able to help them out and I knew i couldn't do it alone. I posted up on Swag Bucks facebook wall to see if anyone knew where i could find coupons and such for babies and a wonderful Scentsy Consultant messaged me and offered to help me raise money. :)

Friday, March 4, 2011

Dear Readers

Hey Guys,
I'm sure you've noticed I haven't been posting much the last few days. I haven't even updated the shaws sales. Why? Cause I think I'm coming down with the cold that everyone and their brother has. haha. I plan to update the sales when I get home from work tonight. So it will get updated don't worry guys. Sorry for the delay. Anyone know how to get rid of a cold fast?

Also, I was wondering if anyone has any diaper/children coupons they are willing to send my way? I have a coworker with an 18 month baby, and hes recently been very ill(hospitalized) so any coupons for stuff they need will really go a long way. :) Thanks guys.