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I have a vision…

So today my mind finally wrapped around the ideas of what it was I was trying to achieve with Pinching Pesos. For a long time now, I knew I wanted to present coupons and deals to the general population. I wanted to show people that they did not have to waste their money; that they could live these amazingly fruitful lives without having to live pay check to pay check. Last year, I started “Surrender to Savings” and at the time I tried to post deals regularly, but my motivation soon bottomed out and I stopped posting. The problem was/is that there are hundreds, if not thousands, of blogs that present the same deals. In general, finding a unique entry on any of the many couponing blogs is rare. There are, on the other hand, a few stand-out blogs. Those few have something special; something that draws you, keeps you reading, and leaves you feeling like you learned somthing.

With all that said, my first mission for Pinching Pesos has to do with people in my own community in Austin, TX. Homeless and needy population has mutliplied. With all the community resources available, I used to struggle with the concept of people in Austin going without basic necessities. My brain would not wrap around the idea that social services were missing people. Why? How? I do not know yet. What I do know, is that with my couponing skills, I can help. The impact may be small, but as my husband often says “Something is better than nothing.” So with that, the first mission for Pinching Pesos is to assemble 14 care packages; 7 for women and 7 for men. In the packages I hope to include basic hygeine items: deodorent, toothpaste, toothbrush, sunscreen, lip balm, soap, a wash cloth, wipes, a razor, lotion, a pair of socks, and any other item I can get for free or next to free. Coupons can help my community.

My hopes are that those 14 care packages will turn into 30 care packages, then 40, then 60, then 100, then….  This is not just my mission and the hopes of Pinching Pesos. This can be the mission every reader this blog has. You can all help. Whether you help by passing on good coupons, emailing deals I might have missed, or by donating your unneeded or overflowing stockpile.  items. 

The first step in creating the care packages came Saturday. It is is amazing how God works. Friday night, I decided that the best container for the items would be reuseable bags. Saturday afternoon, my daughter and I headed to Old Navy for a swimsuit. While there, I stumbled upon these great Peace on Earth Old Navy Reusable Bags, regular 1.49; marked down to .49, plus 30% off during the weekend sale. Final price on my bags? 34 measily cents.

34 cents after markdown and discount

I can’t save the world with my income. I make, on average, $1200 a month. My husband pays the rent, and gives me $100 a week, three times a month, for groceries. That’s all I got, but God gives me that money, it’s not mine, so I hope to use it the best way I can. Many of the years of my life were spent doing the wrong things. I have taken a lot away over the  years. I do not want keep taking. I want to give back. This is step number one!

Thank you for reading and keep pinching those pesos.

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Randalls Trip 3/26/10

One goal I had this year was to learn to save money at Randalls the same way I can at Walgreens, Target, or CVS. Even though I started couponing almost three years ago, Randalls always seemed so complicated to me. Today’s trip is only my third or fourth actual planned savings trip to Randalls. Other than buying the wrong body wash and razor, I actually did pretty well. Here is the breakdown:

Maruchan Yakisoba- on sale for 1.00 (reg 1.49) – .50 coupon from 01/03 SS= $0 after coupon doubled

Dawn Direct Foam- on sale for 2.79 (reg 3.49) – .50 ecoupon from P&GeSaver – 1.50 from HMS

Old Spice Red Zone Body Wash – on sale for 3.99 (reg 4.19) – 1.50 ($3/2 coupon from 2/21 P&G)

Old Spice Red Zone Body Wash – on sale for 3.99 (reg 4.19) – 1.50 ($3/2 coupon from 2/21 P&G) My intentions were to get another $3 off with the $3/2 from P&GeSaver but I purchased the wrong type. To get both body washes for .49 cents each, you must buy two of the Odor Blocker washes that are on sale for 3.49 and both coupons will deduct.

Febreeze Air Effects – on sale for 3.00 (1.99 each if you buy 4) – 1.00 ecoupon from P&GeSaver – 1.00 coupon from HMS (there is also a 1.00 off coupon in the 3/7 P&G

Ivory Bar Soap 3pk – 1.29 – 1.00 ecoupon from P&GeSaver – 1.00 coupon from P&G Rouge Magazine making this a .71 money maker!

Olay Regenerist Cleansing Cloths – on sale for 5.99 (rang up wrong at 6.99) – 3.00 ecoupon from P&GeSaver – 3.00 coupon from 3/7 P&G

Suave Professionals Shampoo – on sale for 1.25 when you buy four mix and match Suave items (reg 2.49) – .50 coupon from Randalls March Coupon book (doubled to $1 off)

Suave Professionals Conditioner – on sale for 1.25 when you buy four mix and match Suave items (reg 2.49) – .50 coupon from Randalls March Coupon book

Suave 24 hour Protection Deodorant – on sale for 1.25 when you buy four mix and match Suave items (reg 1.99) – 1.50 ($3/2 available HERE)

Suave 24 hour Protection Deodorant – on sale for 1.25 when you buy four mix and match Suave items (reg 1.99)- 1.50 (making this a .50 money maker!)

DayQuil 2pk – 1.50 – 1.50 coupon from 2/21 P&G

Day Quil 2pk – 1.50 – 1.50 coupon from 3/7 P&G

Puffs Plus Tissue – 1.99 – FREE wyb ANY two Vicks products  (DayQuil is a Vicks product) coupon from 2/7 P&G

Venus Breeze Razor – 6.99 – 2.00 coupon from 2/7 P&G

Olay Ribbons Body Wash – on sale for 6.99 (reg 7.99) – FREE wyb Venus Embrace or Venus Breeze Razor from 2/7 P&G

Zest Bar Soap 8pk – 3.99 – FREE wyb Venus Razor from P&G Rouge Magazine

Total before coupons- 51.01

Total after coupons -7.55 (should have been 4.55 if I would have bought the right Old Spice)

That is a savings of 86%!