5 Ways To Avoid Expired Coupons

5 Ways To Avoid Expired Coupons at The Happy Housewife

By contributing writer Laura

It’s probably happened to you before. You had a great coupon. You intended to use it. It was stashed away waiting to be combined with a great sale or store promotion. But by the time you pulled out the coupon, you were horrified to discover that it had expired. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us!

If expired coupons make you cringe, then take note of these five ways to avoid expired coupons.

1. Keep your coupons in a central location.

One reason that many coupons are not redeemed before their expiration date is that they are misplaced or forgotten. If you scatter your coupons, stashing some in a purse, some in your car, and others in different areas of your home, it is easy to lose coupons that you had the best intentions to use on a future shopping trip.

By striving to keep all your coupons together in one organizer or in a central location, you are more likely to find particular coupons and actually use them.

2. Use an organizing method that works for you.

Getting your coupons organized using a method that works for you is key. If you are using a method that is cumbersome or doesn’t work with your lifestyle, you’ll find it much harder to keep up with couponing.

Whether you prefer to clip all your coupons and store them in a binder or file away your inserts intact until you plan out your shopping trips, you need to figure out what organizational method works best for you. This will help you better manage your coupons and redeem those valuable coupons for products your family will consume, before the expiration date.

3. Sort your coupons by expiration date.

Another great way to make sure you use your coupons before they expire is to keep those coupons with the nearest expiration date up front. Depending on your organizing method, you’ll want to arrange your similar coupons, either by manufacturer or category of product, by expiration date. If you keep your inserts intact, file by date, putting those more recent newspaper inserts in the back of your file and older ones in front.

4. Try an app that keeps track of your expiring coupons.

If you’re tech savvy and want to keep tabs on the expiration dates of all your coupons, try out an app like SnipSnapCoupon Keeper 2 Lite, or Track My Coupons Lite. These types of apps help you scan your paper coupons and help you track the expiration dates of your coupons. Some will even notify you of upcoming expiration dates to ensure you don’t let any high-value coupons expire.

5. Donate your expired coupons to overseas military bases.

If your coupons do end up expiring, the good news is that you can donate them to military families. Military base commissaries in the US and overseas accept manufacturer coupons up to 6 months past their expiration date. So donating your expired coupons to our dedicated troops and their families who are serving our country is a great way for those coupons to get redeemed and avoid truly expiring.

I want to know, have you ever been upset about a particularly fantastic coupon expiring or perhaps a coupon being ripped or ruined? What did you do to avoid having that happening again?

Have you ever been surprised to run across a missing coupon that expired years ago? Or have you ever found a vintage coupon from your parents or grandparents that was never redeemed? Be sure to leave a comment and share!

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Homemade Pumpkin Face Mask

Homemade Pumpkin Face Mask | The Happy Housewife

Making your own face mask is cheaper and healthier than store bought counterparts.  This tutorial for a homemade Pumpkin Face Mask is great for fall when pumpkins are plentiful and inexpensive!  Pumpkin contains vitamin A, vitamin C, and zinc, which are all perfect to add to your skin. Yogurt adds moisturizing aspects while honey adds more vitamins and promotes in healing of skin.

Side note: do you know how easy it is to make your own homemade pumpkin puree?  I cook mine in the slow cooker and freeze it for pumpkin recipes all year long!

Homemade Pumpkin Face Mask Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons pureed pumpkin
  • 2 Tablespoons yogurt (Greek yogurt is highly recommended)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (skip the “bear” kind and purchase local honey for better results)

Homemade Pumpkin Face Mask Ingredients

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, mix all ingredients together until blended.
  2. Dampen face and use a beauty brush or fingers to spread the mask over your face.
  3. Let it sit on your face for about 15 minutes and then wipe off with a wet washcloth.

Homemade Pumpkin Face Mask Finished Product

More Options to Add:

  • A splash of cranberry juice for astringent.
  • A sprinkle of cinnamon for skin invigoration.
  • Bentonite clay to heal skin.

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 9/19 – 9/21

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: September In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month they include the BeForever Postcard Craft, Grandparents’ Day Card Craft, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Autumn Card Craft, Acorn Pouch Craft, Paper Pumpkin Craft, and more.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday participating stores are celebrating Curious George Day. Bring your kids for stories, activities and giveaways. Check if your local store is participating.

Bass Pro Shop:  The month of September is Boy Scout Month. Scouts can earn their Fishing and Rifle Shooting Merit Badges by attending workshops at participating Pro Shops. Contact your local store for details.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, September 20th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
  • Saturday, September 20th: 10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, September 20th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Keep the Beat Den Den Drum!

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, September 20th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn the Best of Breakfast, how to make the best choice while eating on the go! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Frugal Fall Activities

By contributing writer Laura

Fall is my favorite time of year to enjoy the great outdoors. With the hot, sticky, humid summer behind us, the milder temps and crisp air make being outside so much more enjoyable for both my kids and myself. There are also many fun fall-themed outdoor activities you can partake in as you celebrate the season, but sometimes with the back-to-school rush and flurry of activities on our plate, we forget to slow down and enjoy fall.

Frugal_Fall_Activities

Here are some fun, frugal fall activities to enjoy fall with your family.

1. Pack a picnic.

Although you may think of picnics as more of a spring or summer activity, the milder temperature and climate in fall can make for an enjoyable time outdoors. Pack picnic-friendly food, i.e. food that is easy to transport and not too messy, and head out to your favorite park or outdoor venue to enjoy the fresh air or sunset while eating your family meal.

2. Go leaf peeping.

In many parts of the country, autumn can be a great time to enjoy the seasonal change in foliage. Here on the east coast we enjoy leaf peeping, which basically entails piling everyone in the car and going on scenic road ways to view the beautiful colors of the leaves changing. It’s a marvelous display of creation and nature’s beauty on full display. To find good leaf peeping spots near you, ask friends or do an Internet search.

3. Leap into leaves.

Continuing in the vein of leaves, you can have fun at home by raking leaves and jumping in leaf piles. This is a great way to get your kids to help do yard work as well as have fun. Young children and even older children like this activity, which was one of my favorite frugal fall activities as a child, and it is popular with my own children now.

4. Enjoy hayrides and fall festivals.

Fall is also a great time to enjoy hayrides and fall festivals taking place in your community and at local farms. Some fall festivals are free admission sponsored by local communities or organizations, while others are paid admission. Attending fall festivals can be a great family affair that is budget-friendly compared to amusement parks and other leisure activities.

Besides frugal fall activities you can do in your hometown, don’t forget about frugal fall vacations! Just remember, there’s no need to fall into a rut this season after a summer full of fun. Enjoy frugal, fall activities and spending time outdoors before the cold winter months come.

What’s your favorite frugal fall activity?

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