Thursday, April 14, 2011

Gas prices soar, how to save money at the tank

Gas prices keep going up and up and there is nothing we can do, right? WRONG!  We can't make the gas prices go down but we can be smarter at the pump and be able to get more mileage for our buck.

  • One thing that everybody should know, is the faster you go, the more money you burn. Gas mileage decreases rapidly at speeds above 60 MPH.

  • Keep tires inflated, this saves about 6%

  • Keep car maintained properly can save you 7%

  • Fill up on Monday or Tuesday, earlier in the week because gas stations get thier reports on Wednesday and that is usually when gas prices take a hike up.

  • When at the pump, there are 3 different speeds on the handle. Slow, medium and fast.  Always pump on the slow speed. The faster you pump the gas into the tank, the more the fumes are going right back into a researve and you are not actually getting a gallon of gas, even though it says you are.

  • Fill up in early morning hours when the gas underground is still more dense and cold.  If you fill up later in the day when it is warmer, you are actually not getting the proper amount of gas per gallon.

  • Fill up your car when it hits 1/2 tank.  The more room in your tank gives gas fumes a chance to escape and your loosing your gas even faster.

  • Do not let the car idle when waiting for someone. Turn the car off then back on when your ready to go, it takes lets gas to restart the car than it does to let it idle.

  • Have lots of errands to run? Group your errands together, to save time and gas.

  • Check out to see the cheapest gas stations in the area, remember the smaller mom and pop gas stations are always cheaper.

  • Take advantage of those Perk cards from Speedway and Family Express. Those can save you money off your per gallon.
  • Keep the trunk clear of heavy items because the more that is in your trunk, the more weight you have and the harder your car has to work which in turn, burns more gas.

I know some of these you probably have heard already but i thought they would be worth mentioning again, just to jog the brain. I hope I have helped you learn how to save money at the tank. If we just follow these tips, we will be able to stretch our paychecks a little further at the pumps. 

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Thank for reading! 

Happy saving!

Couponer in Training

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Online ways to save money

As gas prices seem to sky rocket, there are more and more people shopping online. There are so many ways to shop online and be able to save money at the same time using coupon codes. On most sites that you shop on, there is a place for a code to be able to get a discount on the product your purchasing or even free shipping.  There are several sites you can use to do this but my favorite site is .

All you need to do is visit the site and type in what retailer you are going to shop from...say you want to buy something from Old type in Old Navy and the coupon codes come up that are available. Then all you do is copy and paste the code into the checkout and BAM...your discount is applies right away. also allows you to put in codes that you may have for a certain site and when someone uses that code, then you will earn 2% of the coupon sales!  Nice way to earn extra spending money! 

The thing I most like about, is when you sign up, they will send e-mails to you to let you know when a new coupon code has came up for your favorite online retailer. That shows they really care about saving you money!

With all the ways to shop online and save money, why not?  Give it a shot and save your gas for when you really need it.

 Happy couponing!

Couponer inTraining!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Coupon matchups for Strack and VanTil starting April 7-13 and Tysens April 4-10

Hi all,

I had some time today to do some matchups for the upcoming week and I thought I would like to talk about something that was asked of me today from my ex-sister-in-law(Still my family, J ) and I’m sure it’s a question that everybody has since the Extreme couponing show has aired on TLC and ready to air again soon. (There is a lady on that was chosen to be on that show that is coming up and the moderator of is the man who was on the last airing and we be on again this next one.) She asked me “HOW IN THE WORLD DO THEY DO IT?”

That show gets regular couponers so frustrated when they see those people saving all that money but the thing to remember is the reason we use coupons, it is to save money and any money saved is a WONDERFUL thing. Remember, it helps if you live in an area that has a GREAT grocery store that doubles or even has great sales.  We are lucky enough to have several stores in the area that have great sales but unfortunately they do not double unless you want to drive 30 miles or so to Wiseway, but is it really worth it by the time you spend the money in gas to get there? Of course if you work that way, or up that way, it might pay you to stop in and give them a shot, but I try not to drive to far for the deals because if I’m going to get 3 free things from Target but pay $15.00 in gas to get there, are they really FREE?  Just something to ponder. 

In the matchups I will show you that it is possible to get FREE items at your local store if you watch the ads, keep your coupons and keep track of when the lowest possible deal is going to come around.

OK, enough chatter…on with the SAVINGS!!

Strack and VanTil

Fast Fixins Bagged Meat items 2/10 or $5.00 each

Coupon from All You Magazine- 1.00

After Q-4.00/1

Pop Tarts- 3/$5 or 1.50 each

Coupon from paper (Exp 4-3)-$1.00 off 2 Total= $2.00

Coupon from Pop Tarts Box- 1.50/3 Total= $3.50 for 3 boxes

M & M’s Easter candy- 2/$5.00

Coupon-$2.00/2 = 2/$3.00 after Q

Vlasic Pickles- 2/5 or $2.50/1

Coupon- $1.00 off 1 VLASIC  pickles or HEllMANNS 30oz Real Mayonnaise (Exp 6-30-11)

Total after Q- $1.50

Welches Healthy Start Juice- $2.99

Coupon- $1.00/1 Total after coupon- $1.99

BOGO Louis Kemp Imitation Crab and Lobster Delights-$2.99

No Coupon but if you email Louis Kemp, they will send you coupons ;)but still a good deal because your getting one free, coupons just sweeten the deal.

Dannon Yogurt Fruit on the bottom or light and fit= .39 when you buy 10 with IN AD coupon and if you have a Manufactures Q for this you can stack it with store Q.


Coupon from Sunday paper 3/27- .35 Total- .64 after coupon

No coupon deals

Strawberries- 2/$3

Arm and Hammer 50oz-$1.99 if you have a coupon this is a better deal

Home Pride Bread- .99 each

Tysens Grocery Deals

Wishbone Dressing- $1.99

Coupon- .75 from paper

After Q- 1.24

No Yolks Noodles- 3/$5 or $1.50 Each

Coupon- 1.00/1 out of paper= .50 after coupon

Kelloggs Cereal-Frosted Flakes, Mini Wheats, Special K, Frosted Bite size Mini Wheats, Rasin Bran- 2/$6.00 or $3.00 each

This is where it gets good and you get a FREE box of cereal!

Use 1 coupon for Special K here that is the save $2.00 when you purchase 3

Use another coupon for the Corn Flakes here that is $1.00 off when you buy 2 corn flakes

Use another coupon for the Frosted Flakes here that is $1.00 off 1

The deal can go like this:

Buy 3 Special K’s=$9.00 coupon- $2.00/3=$7.00

Buy 2 Corn Flakes and 1 Frosted Flakes- use one coupon for each and save $2.00 paying- $7.00

Or if you have been printing coupons like I told you to, you should have a coupon from last month for a $1.00 off 3 packages of Kelloggs(ex.4/28/11)

You could use $1.00 off 3-Frosted Flakes Coupon for $1.00-Corn Flakes coupon $1.00/2 and save $3.00 total= that is getting 1 box of Cereal for FREE! 1 coupon for each box of cereal, which is how you get FREE Cereal!

Yoplait Yogurt-10/$5.00 or .50 each

Use .40/6= buy 6 and pay .10 for one of them- not the best deal but it works- if you buy more with more coupons, then you get some free! Like I have 3 coupons- I would purchase 18 yogurt and get 2 FREE but to me, I have seen better deals

Minute Maid OJ-2/$6

If you were one of the lucky ones like me to get the $1.00 Q from Minute Maid on Facebook, now is a good time to use it. I have 2 so I will pay $4.00 for OJ

Krunchers Potato chips- 2/$5.00 or $2.50 each

Coupon for $1.00= 1.50 for chips

Hamburger Helper-10/$10

Banquet Value Meals- 12/$10

Pillsbury Cake Mix-10/$10

So folks, that’s how it goes. I hope this helps you out a bit. At the first of the month, the printable coupons reset, so if you don’t have your for the month yet, visit and get them printed and you’ll be set. Thanks for reading!

Happy couponing!