Coupon Hauls

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Coupon Hauls is a blog about living RICH while shopping with pennies. We love to focus on the HAULS one can get while using coupons or shopping on sales.

Krista is a winner of Top 25 Money Saving Blogs by Moms - 2012

What's the single best decision about money you've made?

The single best decision I ever made about saving money was, to not sacrifice quality for a cheaper price. I can shop high end stores and pay the same as I would at a national chain box retailer. Plus the quality of the items i get will last a lot longer therefore saving me even more in the end.

As a family of women I had to become creative since my daughters are very brand specific. When my girls were younger they both loved Justice clothing store. To many and myself that store can be extremely expensive. I studied their sale practices and used it to my advantage a lot. Justice every month puts out a 40% off coupon on the internet or in their advertisements to home. I only ever purchased on that coupon. In addition they always have a spend $50.00 get $25.00 in Justice bucks to spend next month. I loved shopping there! I would also only buy jeans that were traditional styles and not seasonal. This would allow my girls to be season trendy with their tops. I always bought jeans off the clearance rack at 50% off the mark down price.

Now that my girls are older they continue their brand specific ways. I call them BRAND DIVAS. Now, they brought my savings challenge to an all new level. They wanted Abercrombie and Fitch, Hollister and Victoria Secret.
So lets start with Abercrombie and Fitch for kids. If you really look at their styles from season to season they are very similar. The t-shirts retail for $22.00 full price. After 2 months in the store they will mark them down to $12.00 and place them in the clearance area. On a regular cycle Abercrombie and Fitch will have a 40% off your entire purchase or a 50% off the red line sale. I will end up with a $100.00 outfit for my daughter for just $25.00. Hollister is owned by Abercrombie and Fitch so the sales cycles are the same even down to the day they have the sale and type of sale.

Now Victoria Secret, the store I struggle with the most. We shop they're yearly semi-annual sales and we also participate on any and all store giveaways. This is one I am not a master at yet. But, I guarantee it will come soon.

Another store we frequent is Old Navy. We live for their flip flop sale where they are $1.00 a pair. They also have a $2.00 tank sale and various other GREAT on e day sales. Keep an eye out for their clearance sales also. you can score ladies shirts for less than $3.00.

Never settle on quality. You deserve the best! Just keep your eyes open for sales and special discounts. You would be amazed what you can find.

Does your child receive an allowance? If so, how much? (Please share how old your child is.)

I have 2 daughters that has had an allowance since very early in their years. I created a CHORES FOR GOALS chart that was age appropriate. We had pictures of items my girls really wanted and every time they did a chore that was listed on the chart they would earn a star sticker. If they did a GOOD DEED for someone in the home or in society they earned 3 stars. Once they reached their goal I would load the money on a gift card for them. We would then drive to where the prize was located and they would pay for it themselves.

Now that they are older my oldest daughter is now 21. The lessons from the past has taught her greatly in her personal goals and financial goals. Now my youngest is 13 years old. I now have hired her to work for me on the blog. She gets paid minimum wage to work for me. At this age getting paid for chores is not what we do. Chores should just be done now. I am working on teaching her a work ethic and reward for a job well done. We then split any costs 50/50 on items she wants above and beyond what I would normally buy for her.

What's an easy way moms can trim their family food budget?

For my family we strive to eat healthy which a lot of times is not on sale. So when we are lucky enough to find a sale we will purchase a 3 month supply of that item. In addition I am an avid clearance meat shopper at Sam's Club, Target and my local grocery stores.
As an example: Target (my favorite) sells meat on a shorter cycle than most grocery stores. So I would go to the chicken section and look for the expiration date. I see that it says August 1st, 2012. I will then return 1 day before and Target will mark down the meat on the weight price and in addition they will also put a store coupon on it. I buy boneless, skinless chicken breast less than 1.25 a pound. They do this with all meat products. This by far has been the biggest impact ever in my home. So next time you are at Target take a look and see if you see any 3.00 off coupons on their meat. BUY IT! Then take it home and freeze it. Great quality meats at an great quality price.