Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Did You Miss Me?
Sorry everyone! I don't really even have an excuse for not blogging in about a month. Isn't that sad? Really, I have been getting used to a new schedule. On top of that, I have been looking for a job. Good news: I found one. I am now part time nannying. Throw that into the schedule, and it is packed!! Not that there's anything wrong with that! I have to say that I love being busy and, not to mention, having a job! However, I think my blogging may take a hit. Along with shopping. Along with my busy schedule, Brian and I have not been home on the weekends. Yes, the whole weekend. Generally, if we have something to do out of town on the weekends, then we just plan on staying out there for the whole weekend. HOWEVER, I have not gone shopping in weeks. Really!! Luckily, when we were shopping, I had really stocked us up on a lot of things. But now I have a stack of inserts from a month to cut out and organize and plan a trip. Soooo.....long story short: sorry fpr not blogging in FOREVER and I will be posting some freebies and coupon links this week, then I'm hoping to be organized by this weekend. And I can post my insane shopping trips next week, plus a plan for CVS and Walgreens.
General: MAN. Q = manufactuer's coupon OOP = out of pocket BOGO = Buy one get one free MIR = Mail In Rebate WYB = when you buy OYNO = On your next order
Walgreens: WAGS = Walgreens WAGS Q = Walgreens store coupon RR = Register Rewards these print off after your reciept and can be used at Walgreens next time. ESC = easy saver catalog ESQ = easy saver coupon ESR = easy saver rebate
CVS: ECB = Extra Care Bucks (just like RR except these are for CVS and you need to use your CVS card in order to get them)
I am a college student here in Chicago, living with my fiancee and trying to survive on a very tight budget. As I attempt to finish school, I've had a hard time finding a part time job, so we are managing on only one income. With our expenses, we try to cut corners as much as possible. Neither of us have a car, we rely on public transportation and good old fashioned walking. We survive without cable (yes, it is possible) and we watch movies at home and find free or discounted entertainment events. I am just learning the fine art of couponing and I hope that many of these tricks will help others.