Entries from July 7, 2013 - July 13, 2013


Costco: Free Samples


Classic Printable Recipe Cards




Print off these classic recipe cards from lovevsdesign.com.


Monte Cristo Sandwich Recipe



I remember years ago when I would go to Bennigan's and get their Monte Cristo sandwich. It was the best! Here is a great Monte Cristo sandwich recipe from Lil Luna.


Red Robin: Free Appetizer 



Through 7/14, go here to get a FREE appetizer with purchase of 2 Gourmet Burgers at participating restaurants. You may want to call ahead to be sure they are accepting this coupon.


Suave: Unlock Your Softer Side Sweeps

Go to the Suave Beauty Facebook page, like them, and click on the “Unlock Your Softer Side!” tab to enter the Suave Unlock Your Softer Side Sweepstakes for a chance to win a FREE Suave Body Care Product or coupon!

There will be 35,000 winners chosen at random who will receive a high value coupon valid for $3 off Suave Skin Solutions Body Lotion Also, 15,000 lucky winners will win a FREE 1.8 oz sample bottle of Suave Naturals Body Wash.


Chipotle Sweeps: Win a Year of Free Burritos + More

Starting July 13th and running through July 31st, Chipotle is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary with a Treasure Hunt (a.k.a. an Adventurrito)! Each day, Chipotle will release a new puzzle, and every day but the 20th day they’ll choose 20 players at random to receive FREE Burritos for a Year (a $455 value)!

Plus, if you correctly solve the first 19 puzzles, you could win the Grand Prize on the 20th day as the first 20 people with the highest scores on the 20th puzzle win FREE Burritos for 20 years ($9,100 value)!


MovieTickets.com Turbo Sweeps: Win a $3,000 VISA Gift Card, More

Enter MovieTickets.com's Turbo Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa gift card and more! Turbo opens nationwide on July 17. Enter now!grand prizes

    One (1) Grand Prize Winner will receive:
        One (1) $3,000 Visa gift card

    Five (5) Second Place Prize Winners will receive:
        One (1) Turbo wall clock
        One (1) Turbo pinball machine
        One (1) Turbo light-up headband
        One (1) Turbo cinch bag
        One (1) Turbo light-up keychain

    Ten (10) Third Place Prize Winners will receive:
        One (1) Fox Blu-ray/DVD 3-pack (Parental Guidance, Ice Age: Continental Drift, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days)


Guest Post: Back to school: Saving on School Supplies

It's the most exciting time of the year for bargain shoppers who have kids in school (or for anyone who likes cheap office supplies).  For some people, school supply shopping is a big, fun, traditional spending spree. It was for my mom and me. But I’ve made this time of year into a big, fun, traditional savings spree. We watch the sales fliers each week, gather our quarters and our schoolsupply list, and see how little we can spend to get the things we need. On our best year, we spent only $9 on school supplies.

If you're wondering which deals are the best deals, check our School Supply Price List, which is a compilation of some of the lowest prices on school supplies we saw last year.

To help you make the most of the back-to-school sales, we've compiled our best tips below.

Don’t buy everything

If you have supplies left over from last year, reuse them. But just in case you're thinking that your child will never agree to reusing last year’s pencil box, I’ll let you in on my biggest secret for gaining compliance: Give each child a certain amount of money to be used for school supplies, and tell her she can keep whatever is left over.

You’d be surprised at how attractive last year’s backpack starts to look. Of course, everything on the list has to be present and accounted for (whether purchased, repurposed, reused or pulled out of the dumpster — ha, I’m kidding) before the extra money is spent. This tactic also motivates your child to help you find bargains.

Follow your list

School supply lists are available now for most areas of the country. Print the list and bring it with you every time you go shopping. And follow it. It’s easy to be lured in to buying a Lalaloopsie four-wheel backpack with detachable water bottle and matching hat, but it’s a waste of money if your child’s school doesn’t allow wheeled backpacks.

Watch the sales

You probably already know that stores often mark prices on certain items waaaay down to get you in the store. The stores lose money on these loss leaders but they hope that, once you're in the store, you’ll just finish off your shopping list.

Sometimes you hit the jackpot – the loss leaders at one store make up the majority of items on your list. Other times you go into a store for a 25-cent pack of pencils and that’s all you leave with.

Look for coupon match-ups

Loss leaders or sale items matched with a coupon are the best. They can also be a test of patience, because the brand, size, type, quantity and every last detail of the sale item and the coupon needs to match. For example, washable markers might be on sale, but your coupon is for regular markers, or vice-versa. But that’s where kids can help — they have energy to burn. Show them how to do it and let them find the match-ups.  (It's educational.) Keep an eye on the weekly coupon inserts that come in your newspaper, and remember to check the Living on the Cheap coupons page for printable school supply coupons each week.

Shop strategically and often

The stores usually have different loss leaders each week, so if you wait until an item goes on sale, you can often get a much better deal. Some of this comes with practice and experience. How low will an item go? Folders can be as cheap as 5 cents each, while loose-leaf notebook paper might be 10 or 15 cents a pack. (Note: If the teacher is requesting very specific attributes, like a vinyl two-pocket folder in yellow and green, the 5-cent folders might not work for you.)

But once a sale is advertised, don’t wait too long. The best deals sometimes sell out. Some merchants put a limit on the number of items you can buy at sale price, which is helpful because then there’s enough for everyone. Be sure to subscribe to the (free) Living on the Cheap email newsletter to stay up to date on the weekly school supply deals.

Don’t fret if you paid too much

I speak from personal experience: It can be so frustrating to buy something for 50 cents only to see it on sale the next week for 5 cents. But the bottom line is that if you’re watching the sales, using coupons, being patient and moving quickly, you are going to save money, and your kids are going to have the school supplies they need. Enjoy the time spent with them, and don’t cry over a missed deal.

Please don’t take more than you need

This last one isn’t so much a tip as a request. I think it’s admirable that people will donate their extras to those in need, but these days many of us need to find all the bargains we can. If it’s possible, leave some great deals on the shelves for others. (Another cool thing to do is to put your extra coupons next to the item for someone else to find and use. That earns serious kindness points.)

Author: Carolyn Erickson