Thursday, April 30, 2009 reset

Coupons. com reset their coupons a day early for May. Yay! I always love checking out the new coupons for the month. So click right over on my sidebar and print yours out today. Before the good ones are gone. Some of my favorites this month are:

$1/1 Kellogg's cereals -several different kinds

$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste-with ECB at CVS and this coupon you can usually score free toothpaste

$1/1 Soothe Eye Drops-trial size .99 at target which means free with this coupon

B1G1 Free Sierra Mist

See any you like? Happy printing, clipping & shopping.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Free 3M Hooks & Cheap Toothbrushes

Thanks to Money Saving Mom and my friend Kim, I ran up to CVS last night. I was able to get Scotch 3M Command Hooks for free. I also bought some zooth toothbrushes for really cheap. Anyway here's the breakdown:

I bought 6 3M Command Hooks at $15.00 (2.50 each)
Used 6 $2.50 off one printable here

Bought 2 Zooth Toothbrushes at $1.99 a piece
Used a B1G1 free coupon from 4/5 P & G insert
Total Out of Pocket was $3.13
I earned $7.00 in extra care bucks.($5 when you buy $15 on 3M products & $1 each on Zooth)
So I made $3.87 on the transaction.

I'm excited to try those really cool hooks!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

New Recipe

Wondering what to make with that cheap Campbell's soup you scored at CVS this week? I tried a new recipe tonight.

Chicken & Broccoli Alfredo

1/2 of 12 oz pkg of pasta, cooked & drained
1 cup of fresh or frozen broccoli
2 tbsp. butter
1 lb of boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut up
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1/2 cup of milk
1/2 cup of grated Parmesan cheese
ground black pepper & garlic, to your taste
Cook pasta as directed on package. Add broccoli the last 5 minutes of cooking.

Drain and return to pan.

Melt butter in pan. Add cut up chicken and cook for 5 minutes or until cooked well.

Stir in soup, milk, Parmesan, pepper and pasta. Cover and cook 5 minutes or until heated through.

It was a big hit at our table tonight. Hubby, two picky eaters and I loved it. Anytime I can sneak broccoli in the boys food is a good thing. Not to mention it was very affordable. For more great recipes to use up those cream soups check out

Monday, April 27, 2009

Free Yummy Chicken

As I'm sure most of you know KFC is giving away one free piece of their new grilled chicken. One per customer. So today the family & I had lunch for $4.24. We had 4 pieces of grilled chicken and purchased 2 little snackers for $1.99 each and it split between all of us. Of course we just drank water so the total was under $5 for a family of four. Not bad at all.

I also wanted to remind everyone to check their parade magazine in the Sunday paper. There is a coupon for another free piece of grilled chicken from KFC. YUM!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

I'm FINALLY Blogging

Welcome to Clipping Makes Cents. After much thought, couponing for several months and saving tons of money, I finally decided to start sharing what I've learned about trying to live more frugal.

It's been a long journey to get here. My husband and I started out with two incomes when we got married. We both worked for almost five years before my first son was born. We decided that I was going to stay home because of my health issues. We also felt it was the right thing for our family.

There began the financial spiral downward. We found out going from two incomes to one was a BIG change. Yet at that time our spending did not slow down. This went on for probably well over a year. I guess looking back now it feels like we woke up one day and wondered what happened to us financially. We were just NOT able to make ends meet. We were in the red every month and this was when our second baby blessing came along. We realized some major changes needed to be made.

Long story short we nearly lost everything, financially speaking. We really didn't know what we were going to do. We prayed and prayed and asked the Lord to help us make the right decisions financially. So we sold our home, went from two vehicles to one and turned off cable and internet, but we still couldn't make it. The Lord did bless my hubby with some weekend on call work with his company, which increased our income some.

After moving to a house with a smaller payment and still sharing one car things seemed to be a little better. Yet we still were not in the black every month. A good friend of mine told me about coming across a blog She was learning CVSing and how to get items like tissue paper, paper towels, medicine, and etc. for free. I really couldn't believe it. How could this be? We were going to the grocery store and spending anywhere from $30 to $50 a month on these items.

After some trial and error on my part, I discovered it was true! Thus began my very long journey here. I started learning how to live on very little. Clipping coupons, printing internet coupons, signing-up for freebies and just saving tons of money has completely changed me and my family's whole outlook on spending. We live totally different now. Instead of saying, "well this just cost's a dollar," we say, "do you know what I could do with a dollar?"

I know the Lord has blessed me and has used this to teach and change me. Now I'm hoping to be able to share this with others and help them learn how to save. I also hope this blog will show others it's never to late to start saving and to start clipping your way to cents.