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Sunday, August 14, 2011


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This photo of Amarillo is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Wow, do I feel fancy ta-day! I'm goin' to Amarillo, the "Big City" in the Texas Panhandle. And no, I will not be eating at that steak place with the huge plastic cow in the parking lot. I don't care if Bobby Flay himself cooked it, I don't want to eat 72lbs of steak, or anything else for that matter.

What I will be doing is taking advantage of my location and going to a grocery store that DOUBLES coupons! That's right, there's an Albertson's in Amarillo and I'm plannin' to come back with some awesommer deals! Woohoo!

Some of you lucky ducks live in cities where the grocery stores double coupons, and you should all feel so priviledged to reside there. For me, I lived in a big metropolitan area for years and never bothered to take advantage of coupon doubling. Now I'm in coupon pergatory or something... Nobody out in these parts doubles any kind of coupon! Sorry, personal soap box. Anyway, for those of us who don't enjoy the benefits of coupon doubling, going to a town where stores do is like a mini va-cay tucked inside a va-cay!

My first task is to pull up the Albertson's weekly flyer and see what' on sale. Then, I pour over my coupon binder to see what I have coupons for. If I find a match, then it's time to put it on the "must buy" list. I pull the coupons that I plan to use and I place them in a little lockbox/clip board thingy I got at Office Depot and that's my source for coupons in the store. However, I do take my coupon binder in case of unadvertised specials. Every time I leave it at home or in the car, I live to regret it.

My challenge to you all is this, if you live in a coupon doubling area, find one or two things you want from the stores' sale flyers and match them with coupons. Get your "feet wet" in the coupon game by going after a small trophy. See what you can do. For the rest of us, I challenge you to look through your paper and see who has the lowest price on your favorite toilet paper this week. If it's not a Target or Walmart deal, take the flyer to one of those stores, visit customer service and get a price match! When you go through the check out, use your coupon for it and save even more! You'll feel smarter and empowered by doing so.


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