Review of “Sisterly Savings” Frugal Blog

I love to save money so I was very excited when Jennifer of Sisterly Savings contacted me about reviewing her site. I often feel overwhelmed when I visit frugal sites because there is so much information. Trying to find the store deals amongst the coupon codes and freebie posts can sometimes be a daunting task. I love how the Sisterly Savings site is set up. Along the top of the site is a navigation bar that helps you easily find what you are looking for.

The back to school bargains section has posts on where to find the best back to school deals both online and off.

The coupon section is split into coupons that can be found in the Sunday newspaper and ones that can be printed online.

The freebie area of the site is separated by type of freebie (my favorite ones are the photo freebies).

The going frugal section is full of tips on being frugal (I love the newest one about buying coupons on ebay).

Product reviews are in their own category and here you can also find the items that are being offered as giveaways.

The reward programs portion of the blog provides plenty of information on different ways you can earn extra rewards just by shopping, searching the internet, or a number of other things that you probably already do. You can find Pampers “Gifts to Grow” and Huggies “Enjoy The Ride” codes.

The last section is for store deals. Sisterly Savings covers drugstores including CVS, Walgreen’s, and Rite-Aid. She also has deal information from some of my favorite stores including Target, Old Navy, and Kohls.

Sisterly Savings can also be found on Facebook and Twitter so make sure to follow for up to the minute updates on what’s new on her site :)

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(Disclosure: I am being paid to review this website but all thoughts and opinions are my own.)

Guest Post: Price Matching 101

*The following is a guest post from Shelly at Coupon Teacher.  She loves to save time and money.*

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First, let me preface my post by saying that I am not endorsing Walmart in this post.  As a matter of fact, I avoid going to Walmart like the plague.  But for busy moms, stores that price match, including Walmart, can be an easy solution to saving money.

What is Price Matching?

Several grocery stores, electronics stores, and office supply stores offer what is called price matching.  In other words, they will give you the advertised price on an EXACT item that you planned to purchase at another store.  Let’s say I really need Kraft cheese, Dannon Yogurt, and Cheerios at the store.   Those items probably aren’t all on sale at the same store at the same time.  Pricing matching means, I would look through my ads for those items, circle the prices, and take the ads with me to the store that is willing to price match.

Here is the Price Matching policy from Walmart (most other price matching stores have similar policies):

  • We do not honor advertisements that require a purchase in order to receive the advertised price or free product.
  • We do not honor “Buy One / Get One Free” advertisements.
  • We do not honor double or triple coupons or percent off advertisements.
  • We do not honor other retailers’ “Misprinted” advertised prices.
  • We do not honor Internet Pricing.
  • We do not honor competitor advertisements from outside of the store’s or Club’s local trade territory.

How does it save you time?

Well, if you are like me and trying to save money for your family, you go to more than one store each week for groceries.  I go to each store in my area and buy what is on sale.  This can get to be pretty time consuming and use a lot of gas (my stores are all within a mile of each other and closer than my Walmart).  There are only two ways that price matching takes up your time.  It takes a few minutes to look through the ads, and it will take longer at the checkout than a regular transaction.  Assuming your checker has the register under control; it should still save you a ton of time over running around to different stores.

How does it save you money?

You will get the sale price for the item, which would usually be lower than the store’s regular price.  At Walmart and some other price matching stores, you can still use coupons on the items you price match.  It will also save you money on gas, because you aren’t running to different stores all week.

I am definitely not saying that Price Matching is for everyone, but it can be a valuable tool for saving money.

What about you, do you price match items?

Shelly is a full-time fourth grade teacher and blogs at Coupon Teacher. She wants you to share and celebrate your successes with her, and she may give you a few tips along the way!  Right now, she is offering a free savvy shopping course.  She would love for you to join her!

Create a Child’s Wardrobe on a Budget

I am very excited to announce that today is my first time guest posting on a blog. You can find me sharing my tips on how to find cheap clothes for your children at the website ‘Saving Cents With Sense’ here. Thank you Melissa for giving me the opportunity to meet your readers :)

Create a Child’s Wardrobe on a Budget

My main goals for 2010

I am very excited to start this new year. I’m looking forward to my best year ever! (ok, I keep hearing that from everyone but it’s true!) I’m a very goal-oriented person so I always keep a goal list that I update a few times a year. Kind of like my bucket list , I guess. Since I have hundreds of goals on that list I decided to focus on a select number of them in 2010.

Goal #1- Read the whole Bible in 90 days. To find out more about this program you can go here or here. This challenge is listed first because it starts today. I am very excited to do this but am also nervous because it is a big task. I’ve never read the Bible all the way through, let alone in 90 days. I think it is an achievable goal this year because of two main things: 1) I’m doing it with other moms who will hold me accountable and 2) it’s only about 12 pages a day! Wow. Reading the Bible had always seemed like such a huge task and I would have guessed it would take 30-40 pages a day to read it in just 90 days, but 12? That’s easy. Ok, well maybe not easy, but manageable with two kids and a career. (Update: My sister just read the first day’s reading as I was typing this post and it took her less than 20 minutes…)

Goal #2- Save half of our income. This will probably be the hardest goal that I have set for myself. I have always been a “shopaholic” who can’t resist a good “deal” (check out my dad’s blog post about me) but I have decided that is going to change this year. Part of why we moved in with my dad was to save for a house and in the past six months we have only saved about $500. In my defense we did have to fix our two cars, but in reality we had an extra income these past few months so those repairs should have come from that. I am still working on a budget and hoping there is some spending money but if not I will just have to learn to live with less.

Goal #3- Keep my house “company ready” (though really it needs to get to that point before I can keep it there). It doesn’t have to be spotless but it would be nice to know that if someone happened to stop by my home I wouldn’t be embarrassed to let them in the door. And it would be even better if they could look in my closets, cupboards, etc and they would be organized, too. The first step towards this goal is to finish unpacking from our August move. Our two car garage is so filled with boxes that only one car can barely fit in. Eventually I would like to have a weekly cleaning list, too.

Goal #4- Work on my relationships. With Sinisa I would like to make couple time a priority since it’s rare we are both home without the boys being awake. With my mom I would like to work on communication. With my friends I would like to focus on seeing them once a week whether it’s at playdates or mom’s nights.

Goal #5- Become a “better” blogger. This includes blogging more often than I have in the past (I am aiming for 3-5 times a week), building relationships with other bloggers, reading and commenting on other blogs, and looking into how I can improve the look of my blog.

Goal #6- Do something for myself daily. This “something” could be as little as taking a nice, hot relaxing shower to getting a pedicure to scrapbooking. Just a daily thing to remind myself that I am special :)

What are your goals for 2010?