The Real Housewives of MN Get Air Time!

wcco channel fourYou might have seen us pop up on TV last week on the night time news. We were so excited when both WCCO and KSTP contacted us to do a feature! Since I’m the die-hard couponer, I took on the challenge with WCCO to give the top 3 coupon apps for your smart phone. This was so much fun, and I had an absolute ball working with Liz Collin, she is such a wonderful woman!! We headed to Target to talk with shopper about coupon apps and to help them save on their purchases that day.

So before I explain it a little more, here’s the feature that I did with WCCO:

Play the Video Here!

The coupon apps that I recommended, are ones that I’ve downloaded for my iPhone. Unfortunately I don’t know if they’re available for Android.

The coupon apps that I recommended were:

  • Passion for Savings – find the weekly match-ups for ultimate couponing
  • ShopSavvy – scans bar codes and searches for best deal
  • Ibotta – take polls, learn facts, etc. to earn coupon points
  • SnipSnap – store coupons on your smartphone

On the article that WCCO wrote up, someone commented something to the extent of, “I would guess that she got paid to feature these apps!” Which couldn’t be more wrong (as nice as that would have been) lol I definitely didn’t make a cent off promoting those apps.

kstp channel fiveThe next feature that we did was with KSTP. They wanted to go over the 10 items that you shouldn’t buy at grocery stores. So I put together a list of where I typically bought those 10 items, and so did Macy. Then Ellen put them all together and hit the pavement to see how the prices matched up. Here’s the feature that aired:

Play the Video Here!

Some of our suggestions for where you should buy items for the best deals included some of the following:

  1. Canned Goods – Costco (bulk)
  2. Diapers – Costco or Amazon
  3. Greeting Cards – Dollar stores
  4. Batteries – Dollar stores
  5. Cereal – Aldi or Costco
  6. Magazines – Buy a subscription (don’t buy them on the newsstand!)

For the rest of the suggestions, be sure to watch the video! 🙂

Did you catch one (or both) of these savvy shopping segments?? What’d you think! We’d love to hear your thoughts 🙂

Hearts,
Sarah (Ruby)

PS – Since we aired our segments, you may have noticed that I’ve been using my real name with my old pen name in parenthesis. I figured the cat’s out of the bag, we probably don’t need to use pen names anymore. But I didn’t want anyone to get confused either! lol

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Comparison Shopping Tips

Are you still in the dark ages and have not gotten on the Web deals bandwagon? We are going to discuss some of best ways to use the Web and your local stores to comparison shop and save the most money possible.

Know What You Want to Buy?

The first step in your shopping journey is deciding on the exact make and model of product you are looking to buy. If you just generally know the type of product and not an exact model it is time to spend some time at your local stores to decide exactly what you want. Visit one or two stores that have display models or carry stock for the type of product you are researching so you can either get a hands on test or look at boxes to compare features and general prices quickly.

Narrow down your choices between a few products and then take the search online. Now is the time to look up reviews and compare what real consumers are saying about the product. Amazon.com is a great all in one source for reliable reviews. Other places to get reviews online include major retailers that also have a local brick and mortar store.

Formulate a decision on what to buy based on all of the factors together including the features you want, general price, overall reviews, and anything else that is specific to your decision.

Find the Best Deal

Now that you have the exact product to buy it is time to find the best price. Start again by looking locally because it is still possible to get a better deal. Sometimes manufacturers offer rebates and it might make sense to buy certain products locally such as a large TV or other appliance. Find the lowest price and then take your search back to the Web.

Start by entering the brand and model of your product and then including keywords on the end like ‘coupon’, ‘deal’, ‘bargain’, ‘sale’. Online coupons are a great way to easily save money and there are tons of deal and coupons sites that you can use to take advantage of the savings. Most of these coupon sites will land on the retailer site after a coupon code is clicked on and activated. Always make sure that the retailer you are buying from is reputable with fair policies.

Make sure to keep track of expiration dates on coupons and promo codes and any exceptions or special rules to using the coupon. Another way to save money is by buying from online retailers that offer free shipping and no sales tax if the store you are buying from does not have a physical presence in your state.

Get Started Today!

Hopefully the tips we have offered will get you on the path to huge savings for your next shopping journey. Remember that the Web is an amazing resource, that when used in conjunction with local shopping can produce some truly remarkable deals.

Take the time to do proper research and compare all the options out there to truly find the best prices. Harness the power of the Internet to save money and be kind to your wallet. Happy shopping!

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The Housewives Join The Walmart Bake-Off Spark! YUM.

Get ready guys, because this blog post is going to going to make you hungry. We are not responsible for watering mouths, enlarged eyes, or rumbling tummies. With that being said, here we go!!!

First off, you should know about the website, Bakeoff.com that is filled with yummy recipes no matter what you are looking for. Quick dinners, appetizers, breakfasts/brunches, or my personal favorite, desserts. So it’s no surprise that I found an incredible recipe for desserts on this website that I decided to give a whirl!

Of course, I am all about coupons – so before I went to get all my ingredients (all 7 of them) I headed to find some coupons at Walmart’s Everyday Saver page.

Now, of course – I will share this recipe with you because it was DIVINE. I tested it out on one of my very good friends, a fellow coffee-lover, and she LOVED it. That’s when I knew I had a winning recipe on my hand. So here you go, you should probably bookmark this page asap because you will want to try this.

Cappuccino Toppers

Recipe straight from Bakeoff.com

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated oatmeal chocolate chip cookies
  • 1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons instant cappuccino coffee mix
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen (thawed) whipped topping (4 oz)
  • 1/4 cup Hershey’s® mini chips semi-sweet chocolate baking chips
  • 2 tablespoons chocolate sprinkles

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 48 mini muffin cups with Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. Cut each cookie in half; press each half into bottom of mini muffin cup.

Bake 6 to 9 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 10 minutes in pans. With knife, remove cookies from pans to cooling racks. Cool completely, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, in medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and cappuccino mix with electric mixer on medium speed until smooth and creamy. Gently fold in whipped topping and mini chips.

Spoon or pipe mixture onto each cookie (if piping, fit decorating bag with star tip with 3/4-inch opening). Top each with sprinkles. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving. Store covered in refrigerator.

If you need high altitude directions, you can find them here.

My Modifications:

My Walmart didn’t have the oatmeal chocolate chip cookies available, but they did have the chocolate chunk cookies that looked equally yummy so we went with that.

I used Maxwell House’s mocha blend for the cappuccino.

Reddi-Wip’s fat-free whipped cream was used as my whipped cream on top. It was nummy!!

Finished Product

So are you ready to see the final product? Of course you are! Here are the yummy treats…

Just try and tell me that you don’t want some! 🙂 Hubby even loved them. And the coffee flavor really came through, I was impressed!

Disclosure: The gift card, information, and giveaway have been provided by Walmart and General Mills, through MyBlogSpark.

Now guess what, our lovely readers!! We have been given the opportunity to give away a $25 Walmart gift card to one of you! Who wouldn’t want that?

Here’s how to win your $25 Walmart gift card!

Winner will be drawn using Random.org for a random winner. For EACH entry – leave a separate comment. That is your ticket to more entries! There are numerous ways to enter, so take advanage of that! Read on for the methods of entry.

  1. Visit Bakeoff.com and come back to comment which recipe you’d like to try.
  2. Check out Everyday Saver and browse the coupons that are available. (This is a good time to print some off for your next shopping trip!) – leave a comment saying you did so.
  3. Like Walmart on Facebook – then leave a comment here on our blog saying you did so.
  4. Follow Walmart on Twitter – then leave a comment here on our blog saying you did so.
  5. Like the Real Housewives of MN on Facebook – come back and leave a comment saying you did so.
  6. Follow the Real Housewives of MN on Twitter – come back and leave a comment to say you did so.

Best of luck to all of you guys! We can’t wait to give one of you this very nice gift! 🙂 Contest ends at 5pm on March 30, 2012. Contest has ended!

Congratulations to Mari (marisquared)!

Hearts,

Ruby

Awesome Couponing Apps

As I previously mentioned, my hubby got me the iPhone 4s for Christmas this year and I haven’t been able to put it down! So as I mess around with it, I’ve found so many good app that I adore. As of late though, I’ve been really into finding Coupon apps for my phone. I’ve found some alright ones, but I’ve found some awesome ones too!! So I thought you guys might enjoy hearing about some of the awesome ones. The heck with the ‘alright’ ones.

Here are my top favs and the best features about them:

Coupon4That – or “I have a coupon for that”

  • Restaurant deals round up
  • Freebies
  • Hot deals
  • Shortcuts to facebook/twitter feed (to get the latest and greatest)
  • Deals page – featuring the best deals catagorized by store **AWESOME**

Savings – or “Passion for Savings”

  • Hottest deals
  • Free stuff page
  • Hot new coupons
  • Store deals (Catagorized by store!! This is seriously my favorite!)

iSlick

  • Newest, hottest deals online
  • Ability to search for deals
  • Ability to watch certain items and see when they hit a good price
  • Share deals via Facebook/Twitter/Email

Seriously give them a try! Let me know how you like them. Oh, and if you have a favorite that isn’t listed here – please share!!

Hearts,

Ruby

Couponing for Charity

Every year my hubby and I go on a little trip to the grocery store and fill up a grocery cart with lots of non-perishable food items. I know, we should do it more than once a year but when the holidays come, it’s like our yearly reminder to get on it!

Anyways, after this past year of learning the couponing ropes, I decided to put some work into couponing for charity. I wanted to be able to give more, yet only being able to afford about the same as we’ve given the past couple years… And what do we do when we can’t afford things we want? We coupon. Woot!

Our local grocery store had some good store coupons making canned goods about $0.48 each. With these, we were able to stock up on tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, corn, peas,and  green beans. For now. We also got a good deal on flour and sugar but of course coupons limited my quantities (this time around) and so this was our trip for the day. We’ve got a couple more trips to go, some more coupons to clip, and then we’ll be taking our visit to drop it off at the food shelf.

I guess my point of this post is to inspire you to give back as well. And even if you feel like you don’t have much to give, there’s still things you can do to get there. Such as couponing! Just because you get it for less, doesn’t mean that it tastes any different!

Now I did a little research about things that food shelves are really needing right now. Here’s a list in case you decide to go shopping 🙂 And in case you don’t have a clue where your nearest food shelf is, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered there too! Find a food shelf near you.

General Food Items:

  • Cereal
  • Pasta
  • Whole grain rice
  • Canned fruit (in its own juice)
  • Raisins or dried fruit
  • Canned vegetables
  • Canned soups
  • Tomato or spaghetti sauces
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Dried beans
  • Peanut butter
  • Powdered milk
  • Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
  • Bean soups
  • Chili beef stew
  • Baked beans

Nice Holiday Items:

  • Turkeys/Hams (call ahead beforehand to make sure they take these)
  • Boxed potatoes
  • Green beans
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Pie filling
  • Pie crusts
  • Cranberries

Non-Food Needs:

  • Shampoo
  • Kleenex
  • Feminine products
  • Toothbrushes
  • Baby wipes
  • Diapers
  • Toilet paper

Think about it, it’ll make somebody’s season much brighter.

Hearts,

Ruby