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Super Savings Saturday: 31 tubes of toothpaste and my first ever video blog

So, I’m stepping way out on a limb and posting a video blog of my shopping trip last night. Please bear with me, as it is completely obvious from the video that I have no idea how to do a video blog.You also might brace yourself for impending sea sickness as I’m holding the camera, showing you my groceries and talking with my hands at the same time. 🙂

Enjoy! Oh and excuse the mistake of me saying the bananas were $0.29 each. I meant $0.29 per pound!

This shopping trip is a great example of how I practice the Buy Ahead Principle. Stocking up on 31 free tubes of toothpaste might seem excessive, but considering we go through 1-2 tubes per month and the toothpaste deals have been sparse recently, I went ahead and used all my coupons. That way, if there’s not another deal on toothpaste for 18 months, we’re in good shape.

Wondering where I got 31 toothpaste coupons from? Check out my article on 10 Ways to Get Coupons for Free.

Big thanks to Erin from $5 Dinners for the foil pan deal tip, Mary from The Deal Detector for the Crayon deal tip and to my sister for going shopping with me and making it much more fun than if I’d gone by myself.

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  • Liz says:

    Loved this!!!

  • Susan J says:

    Thanks, Crystal! I felt as if I knew you better and could relate…I totally could “see” myself making that video, being a little nervous, etc. =) Way to jump in with something new!

  • Brittany says:

    this is beyond amazing! I so wish I were this good! What store did you go to? I just started couponing about a month ago. I hope to be where you are some day!

  • SuperSaverJoe says:

    It was interesting to hear your voice, it isnt that jumpy , it was nice to be warned and I loved the video in all. Great job, keep it up and thank your husband for us, as I think you video blogging lets us see the immense amount of things you get cheap or free. The best part was you got marked down bananas, I love when I get marked down produce, in fact I hate green bananas so the marked down ones are what I would buy anyways.

  • Good first video, CP!

    Now, who was it exactly who was never fond of vlogging???? If we knew it just took Jessie to convince you, we would have just gone to the source to plant the seed to begin with 😉

    • Crystal says:

      Yes, and now he’s convinced me I should do some vlogging at least once a month. We’ll see. 😉

      Talk to him next time you want to get results; he always knows how to “twist my arm!” 🙂

  • Amanda says:

    Love the video blog, Crystal! It’s so exciting to hear your voice after following your website for a few years. Just makes everything more “real”, if that makes any sense. 😉 Hope you do more!

  • Wendy says:

    Good job on the video. I still like to read what you write better tho.

  • Kelley says:

    Sad to say, I don’t have audio, so obviously I didn’t enjoy this quiet as much as your writing!

  • Mike says:

    Loved the vlog and the deals Crystal!

  • Susan says:

    Great first video!! I enjoyed it very much!

  • Ana says:

    I wish I had a store that doubles coupons! Great deals!

  • Great beginning to your vlogging career!

  • Amy says:

    Great deals, and I love the video blog. 🙂 I wish my store doubled coupons, too!

  • Angela says:

    I think you did an AWESOME job on your first video blog! It was fun hearing your voice.

    And, now, I’m off to add foil pans and crayons to my Kroger list! Thanks!! 😉

  • Ruth says:

    Loved it! Your voice reminds me of the Baby Einstien video series – sweet and soothing! Great job!

  • Chris from St. Mary's says:

    If you’re going to do this more often, maybe a tripod would be good …

  • Amy says:

    How many transactions did you have? What about Kroger’s policy of not doubling more than 3 of the same coupon?

  • Elizabeth says:

    I looked but can’t find the Crayon deal at Kroger? What is it? Also, on the Deal Detector site there was a post about the Olay BW and Ivory BW giving out a catalina. Does anyone know if it still is?

    • Emily says:

      @Elizabeth, I think that was an old post about the Olay body wash and Ivory body wash. I remember a catalina deal involving 2 Olay body washes shortly after the 6/6 P&G insert came out with those $4/1 Olay body wash Qs and the Buy 1 Olay body wash get 1 Ivory bar soap or body wash free Qs.

      The crayola deal is part of a back to school catalina deal at Kroger. Buy $10 in back to school stuff, get $2 OYNO; buy $20, get $4 OYNO. The catalinas are apparently printing if you spend the proper amount on the pre-sale price (crayola 24 ct crayons are on sale for $0.25 this week but the catalina is printing when you spend the $10 or $20 before this sale price). My Kroger was completely out of all Crayola sale items, but they did give me a raincheck.

  • Cate says:

    It was so nice to hear your voice! Also, I can tell you’re from the midwest just from you pronounce crayons. 🙂 (My husband says it the same way!)

  • Carolynn says:

    Good job on the video, if you don’t mind sharing, did you get any catalinas or rewards to use on your next trip?

  • Kristin says:

    Great job, Crystal! (P.S. I was so interested in the deals I didn’t notice if the camera was shaking!)

  • Amanda says:

    Must say i LOVE this!! It to me was actually better than reading a deal!!

  • Letty says:

    That’s awesome! I loved hearing your voice, too- since I’ve been reading your written words for over two years now! 🙂 I heard about the crayola tip- but didn’t quite understand it- thanks- now I have to go back! 🙂

  • courtney whobrey says:

    Good Job on the Video Blog!!!

  • Candice says:

    Love the toothpaste! I cant find any good deals either! When I first started 2 years ago I had more than I knew what to do with. So did all my friends and relatives! Now, I am afraid I may have to actually pay for my first tube in a looooong time!

  • Carolynn says:

    Ok, sorry, I watched it again, & you did say you got $4 from the crayons. I meant to ask, does Dillion’s take $5 off for every “10” things you buy on that promotion? For example, if I buy 30 things that are part of the promotion will I get $5 or $15 off instantly?

  • Kristy says:

    You. Are. Adorable.
    oh yea, and great job :o)
    Blessings ~

  • Jenny says:

    Loved the vlog!! 🙂 (that’s what its called right?)

  • I love the vlog! So nice to be able to put a voice with ‘Money Saving Mom’!

    Do you know if the Crest will be on sale next week? I would love to be able to stock up on it as well, but seeing as how the nearest Kroger is 30 minutes away, I don’t shop there unless there are some pretty good deals.

  • Rachel says:

    I too have been having a difficult time finding toothpaste deals. Does your store limit the number of coupons that are doubled? How many transactions did you have to do? I always feel bad doing even two transactions because I feel like the cashiers get annoyed.

    • Allison says:

      @Rachel, I don’t think Dillon’s limits how many coupons are doubled…if they do, I’ve never hit that limit! And don’t feel bad about multiple transactions, I do it all the time. Even I don’t have any special deals I need to do, we use food stamps, and I’ve found that coupons aren’t always applied right to the food and non-food items, so I automatically separate those transactions. If I’m at a store like Walgreen’s, I let other customers go in front of me or between my transactions so I don’t hog the cashier for 20 minutes. And the cashiers shouldn’t get annoyed, you are a paying customer and they are paid to ring you up, whether it be one transaction or ten!

    • Crystal says:

      I did all of this in one transaction at a very coupon-friendly Dillons here. They didn’t even bat and eye and were excited about the great deal I got on Crest! 🙂

      Our store does not limit how many coupons can be doubled in one transaction — yes, we’re blessed!

    • gina says:

      @Rachel, in So. Cal we have self-check lines…if I’m going to do a bunch of transactions I like to do it myself!!! It takes longer, but I’m not really bothering anyone. Plus, there’s a cashier that is overlooking all the self-checks and they are glad to help out. 🙂

  • Laura Jane says:

    Love the video blog! I’ve been reading every post you’ve written for the past few years, so it was cool to put a voice with writing!!! Hope to see some more great videos from you!

  • Jessica says:

    Love the video blog! It’s great! keep up the great work. Also, sorry I posted a link to my Super Saving Saturday and forgot to write a comment. Ahhh! My shops were at CVS and Harris Teeter. 🙂 Again, love the video blog- keep them comming!

  • Ana Maria S. says:

    I love to read but must also be a visual person because I LOVE seeing videos and/or pics of shopping trips/awesome finds. Great job on your toothpaste stockup…I too have not seen very many deals on toothpaste lately…I get them when I can for free at CVS and at Harris Teeter during super doubles or triple coupon weeks. I refuse to pay for it…luckily I still have like 4 or 5 tubes in my stockpile 🙂

  • Wow! That’s awesome. Congratulations on the huge stock up.

  • Mandi says:

    Thank you so much for doing this video. I think you should make the videos a regular part of your blog!

  • Qingyang Li says:

    BTW, your voice– did you do any kind of special effect? you sound like a girl at Teen age (I do not know if this expression is correct or not). I mean, you sound very young!


  • Great video blog. I loved hearing about what you bought, and how much you spent on everything. I feel that way when I go shopping, and I absolutely love when my receipt says that I’ve saved more money than I’ve actually spent out of pocket!! Such great deals!!! Great job!


  • jacinda walker says:

    Thank you for the Vlog video!! I love these, and they really do help explain how you purchase things sometimes. I would love to see more of these–> great job on the shopping trip 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Hey, Crystal, just wanted to tell you how much I love your website! It encourages me so much, my husband is in school full time and we have 3 little ones, so as you can imagine saving money is extremely important!! I was also wondering if all Kroger affiliate stores double coupons, or if it just depends on the individual store. Thanks so much for all you do!

    • Sarah says:

      @Jessica, i think alot of them do. however, you should ask your individual store. mine has it printed on the bottom of the weekly ad, but you could call or stop in and ask for their coupon policy. 🙂

    • Allison says:

      @Jessica, From what I’ve read, not all Kroger affiliates have the same coupon policy. You’d just have to check with your store.

    • Rae says:

      @Jessica, No not all of them do. You’d have to check your ad. And even if they do, that doesn’t necessarily mean you’d be able to do a trip like this. My Kroger only doubles one like coupon (one stingy cashier only TAKES one like coupon) and doing 10 different transactions just wouldn’t be worth it to me. I do still get good deals at Kroger just would never get away with so many of one item. HTH 🙂

  • Mrs. G says:

    That was great! Thanks so much for posting! I really wish ANY one of the grocery stores around me would double coupons.. grr..

  • Leigh says:

    Love the vlog! Thanks for the tip about adding the crayons to the Christmas boxes. What a great idea. I had just thought what would I do with 11 boxes of crayons.

  • I loved hearing your voice!!! It was so fun to hear you speak after I have read your blog for sooo long! Great job at changing it up and great job on the deals!

  • Crystal says:

    My Kroger is not doing the Crayola deal in ft worth texas 🙁

  • Amanda K says:

    I think your husband had a great idea with the video blog! I loved it!

  • Kimberlee says:

    Interesting idea to video the shopping trip. Great job!

  • Elisha says:

    You did a great job Crystal & thank you for stepping out & giving it a shot. Pretty soon you will have the girls working the camera 🙂 I like being able to hear the excitement in your voice about the deals you found & I think it adds a nice touch to the blog. You sound like me when I’m telling someone else about the great deals I found!

  • Amy says:

    good job! i dont think it was as bad as you thought it was 🙂

  • Jessica says:

    Loved the video blog!

  • Angie says:

    Excellent vlog! I really enjoyed seeing your deals especially the toothpaste. Great job!

  • Lauren says:

    Great job! It was nice to hear your voice after following your blog for the past couple years! I’m sure you will only get more confident with this “vlogging” thing..

  • Emily says:

    I’m going to donate the extra crayons I got to my daughter’s kindergarten class when she starts next month. Teachers spend a lot of money out of their own pocket on supplies for their classrooms, so I picked up a few extra crayons, markers, and glue sticks to give to her classroom. I, however, had no luck at my Kroger getting them with the catalina, as they were completely sold out. I found them at Meijer for the same price, but with no catalina. At least Kroger gave me a raincheck, so maybe they’ll get more in before the back to school catalina deal is over. Anyone know when it runs through?

  • Tammy says:

    Wow, that toothpaste would last about 15 years at my house. LOL

    • RuthS says:

      @Tammy, That’s what I was thinking too, LOL. We go through about 2 tubes every 6-8 months, and hubby will only use the toothpaste from the health food store, so 31 tubes would last me at least 15 years 😀

      • Crystal says:

        I guess you could say we go a bit overboard on the teeth-brushing and maybe that’s why we go through so many tubes of toothpaste! The good news, though, is that no one has had a single cavity in our home since we’ve been married — so maybe going through the extra toothpaste is actually accomplishing something?? 🙂

    • chris says:

      @Tammy, I thought the same thing. I figure about 1 tube per person per year and one extra for DH who tend to use more. We are cavity free too.

      • Crystal says:

        I need to track our toothpaste usage more carefully, but I know that we go through at least 10-12 tubes per year. And we also give it away often — which is why I’m not exactly sure how much our family uses. I just know it’s definitely more than one tube per person per year! Goodness, you guys must not use much toothpaste at all. 🙂

  • Kelly says:

    Great job!!! I loved hearing your voice!! 🙂

  • Susan F says:

    Great vlog!!!

  • Laura says:

    Good job on the video blog. I really enjoyed it. And good job on the toothpaste deals.

  • Sheila Johnson says:

    You sound so cute on the video, it was fun to hear your voice. We don’t have double coupons here, so we never do as well, but you had a great shopping trip. What a score on the toothpaste!

  • christina says:

    You did a wonderful job on the video! 🙂

  • You seriously inspire me!! I should pay you to shop for me, I would still save money. ha! 🙂

  • Davonne says:

    LOVE the vlog!! Thank you for posting it, even in its imperfections. God doesn’t call us to be perfect, He calls us to let Him work through us, and you’re doing an awesome job.

  • LOVED hearing your voice! I feel like you are a “real” friend of mine….so it is nice to hear you! I stocked up on free toothpaste last summer, and still have about 3 months worth! Love stocking up:)

  • Yea – it was GREAT! And you thought you’d embarrass yourself? NO WAY! Just perfect. Next time it’ll be your face. 😉

  • Sarah says:

    You’re like a real person now! Yay!

  • Rose says:

    Can anyone tell me if you have to buy all 10 items for the mega event in one transaction?

    I accidently grabbed a toothpaste that wasn’t included, so I didn’t get the $5 off… boo..

  • zina says:

    I loved hearing your voice! Not what I had imagined.. hehe. Next time we need to see you in the video too! Great job on the toothpaste!

  • jan says:

    You sound SO young LOL!

    • Crystal says:

      People usually are very surprised to find out I have three children. I guess I look and sound young — which I’m hoping is a good thing. 🙂

      • Heather says:

        My sister is the same way! She is 32 and looks and sounds like she is only 20 (at most)! She has a 9 year old and a 7 year old and one time someone told her daughter to give something to her ‘big sister’! My niece about freaked…”That is my MOM, not my sister!”!! 🙂 When you are 40 and look 25 you will LOVE looking young….!!!!

        • gwen says:

          I am in my 30’s and pettite (4’11) and nobody believe my age but it has it’s cons. Sometimes is very dificult for people to treat you seriously and with respect. Trying to get your point around most in work and even family.

  • jan says:

    What store was this?

  • Laura says:

    This was great! I loved hearing all the deals explained, and it was great to put a voice with the writing! I hope you’ll vlog again!

  • You sound so different than I expected – I don’t know why. You were not too shaky.

  • Julie says:

    Great job! Your voice sounds different than I thought it would but you sounded great.

  • Rae says:

    I agree on the voice sounding different lol. You do sound soooo young (I do too so that’s not me putting you down at all) :O) And you were not too shaky. Thanks for sharing.

  • Lindsey says:

    Crystal, great vlog! I love it!! And just to let you know, I clipped all of my Crest coupons and I have 52!!!! I think I’m even missing my 7/4 inserts, I think they are in my car which is in the shop. I hope to stock myself along with some friends, family, and the shelter with all of those!!

  • So sweet and inspirational!! Keep up the wonderful work!!

  • Jessica says:


    Just wanted to tell you that I LOVE visiting your site everyday and reading about all the great deals you have to tell us about. Also, I loved the idea of the video blog… you did great… such a sweet voice and great video!! I definitely hope to see more videos on your site in the future! 🙂

    Also, meant to put a comment before when you posted pics of yourall’s new house (but unfortunately I didn’t at the time)… Congratulations on the new house… it is beautiful! 🙂

    You’re an inspiration to all of us; keep up the great work!!

  • Sandy says:

    +*+*+* I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the crest coupons you used are for the premium crest toothpaste, not for the ones you bought. 🙁 On the coupon is specifically excludes the ones you bought.
    I know your blog is to help and teach others, and I would hate for your readers to think it is ok to use the coupons in this manner.

    • Crystal says:

      Actually, I had three different kinds of coupons — one excluded the lower-priced Crest, but the 31 coupons I had did not exclude any Crest (believe me, I checked very thoroughly!). They were good on any Crest paste 4 oz. or larger. I’m very much a stickler about only using coupons in the manner they are intended which is why I checked and re-checked these coupons before using them and didn’t use the 10 coupons I had for the premium-only Crest.

      Thanks for helping us all strive to be ethical couponers!

  • Liza says:

    Thank you so much for sharing… Like most, I am very impressed on your deals.. and for people who are more visual than others, this was a great incentive to do more “couponing”…. 🙂

  • You did a fantastic job Crystal! 🙂

  • Jaycie says:

    Wonderful job on your first vlog, Crystal! You are much braver than I am, as I haven’t been able to convince myself to do one yet.

    I had to smile at all the toothpaste. It was one of the first things I learned from your site–you should almost never have to pay for toothpaste. That was back in the day when CVS was doing countless money-makers on it. Glad to see you found another good deal recently!

  • Challice says:


    I love your voice. Very feminine. 🙂 Kindness about it.

  • connie says:

    Crystal, Good Job on your first video blog post! So fun! I still cannot believe you had 31 coupons however yeah for the stockpile of toothpaste 🙂 ~C

  • Hannah says:

    I’m waiting for the video to load, but while waiting I’m wondering how you go through 1 to 2 tubes of toothpaste per month? We have about the same size family, just one more adult since my brother lives with us, but we go through no more a than a tube every two or three months! Maybe we’re not brushing our teeth enough! 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Well, I think we’re serial toothbrushers here or something — I often brush my teeth 4 to 6 times per day. And I guess it’s paid off since no one here has had a cavity since we’ve been married. 🙂

    • gwen says:


      My husband alone “eats” one tube in less then a month! We are suppose to brush our teeth every time you eat that’s 3 times a day. so yes it can be done.

  • That was a great first video Crystal! I wish my Fry’s (Kroger) had the Crayola’s that was a great deal for your girls. 🙂

  • lacey says:

    I loved your video! I so encourage you to show your beautiful face next time. Make your husband hold the camera. I am sure so many others would love to get to see you explain what you got. This video is a great feature. I would love to see a video weekly. What a great job! Maybe one week you could get one of your little ones to try and explain the shopping trip. It would be just for fun of course. My 4 1/2 year old would sure say some funny stuff when it comes to her explanations. When I started couponing, she just thought we could get a coupon for said item and get it FREE. If she wanted something, she would tell me to just get a coupon and we could get it for FREE.

  • Sarah says:

    Great vlog! Loved it! I too thought you sounded much different than I expected!

  • Thanks for the “plug” Crystal! 🙂 Just a heads up on the Crayon deal, especially at Dillons stores — if the tag on the crayons does not say “with card”, you will more-than-likely not get the catalina. 2/3 of my local stores do not say “with card” and the cat does not print. At those stores the cat is calculated using the $.25 price.

    The cat deal is: Spend $20 (pre-card price), get $4 cat. Spend $10, get $2 cat.

  • DigiMom says:

    Hi Crystal – Great first vlog! It’s fun to put a voice with a blog. 🙂 Have a great weekend!

  • Jessica says:

    Thank you Crystal! I read your blog everyday and the video blog really lets your readers know the voice behind the writing! Keep going with them! Your husband has some good ideas with advancing with your blog!! God Bless.

  • My husband asked how many kids do you have? lol. That’s a lot of toothpaste!!

    • Crystal says:

      We have 3 children and we do lots of teeth-brushing here! But we’ll likely take 2 to 3 years to go through all the toothpaste (but we’ll probably share some with others ch, too, as I love to bless others with some of our extras when I have a chance!).

  • Rochelle says:

    Love the vlog!!! Thanks for posting this on Friday. I totally missed the the toothpaste deal and had time to get in on that deal before it was too late. Also Kraft has been giving a $5 catalina for purchasing 5 kraft cheeses…making them free. I am stocked up with 20 packages of free cheese. Make sure to only puchase 5 cheeses per each mega 10 deal. If you purchase 10 cheeses in the same transaction you will NOT get 2 catalinas.

  • Brooklyn says:

    Great job!!! Love the vlog!!

  • Rochele says:

    Your voice is so cute!

  • Sarah says:

    awesome job! i loved it 🙂 thanks!

  • Cynthia Crowell says:

    Great vlog – so fun to hear your voice!!

    I have a question about doubling the coupons, our Kroger will only double 3 coupons for the same item. So to get 31 tubes of toothpaste, I would have to do multiple transactions and that many seems impossible with my 3 kiddos tagging along. How do you do that??? Does your store allow for more doubles in one transaction or do you do lots of transactions?


    • Crystal says:

      Our stores do not have a limit on how many coupons they double per transaction. Yes, we’re very blessed!

      • Amber says:

        @Crystal, Wow, here in Western Washington, NO stores double coupons! I’m hoping my husband wants to pursue his Ph.D somewhere in the Midwest so I can get these great deals too!

  • Sandra says:

    Wow! Loved the video–great job! And it is nice to hear what your voice actually sounds like in real life. :0)

  • Cheryl says:

    The video blog is great–explains perfectly how and why to shop this way.

  • Courtney says:

    I loved the video! And great job on all that free toothpaste! 🙂

  • Leighanne Johnson says:

    Thanks for posting this! I like the video blog idea. I think I can understand how you did things when you personally explain it. It made me think, “Okay, THAT’s how she did it!”

  • Precious says:

    I LOVE this video! You did a GREAT job!

  • Rayven says:

    Linked in for Super Savings Saturday. I love finding deals here!

  • Megan says:

    I bought a lot of the same items on my trip, but I may have to go back for crayons. Great job on the vlog!

  • Free crayons is just as great as free toothpaste. So encouraging. Thanks for sharing this. I will be praying for Kroger stores to open in Florida! I think we could use double coupons and catalina deals!

    BTW, my hubby and I tag team vlogs. He is my camera man. He always lets me know if I have hair on my face and such. We have lots of fun doing videos together. That might work for you too!

    • Rae says:

      @Anna @ Frugal For You, Even if you got a Kroger in Florida, they wouldn’t be allowed to double coupons unfortunately. I read something about it being a law in Florida or something that grocery stores cannot double coupons and that the only reason Kmart gets to do it is because they are not a grocery store. On the bright side, you guys have Publix with all of those great bogo sales, I wish we could have those 🙂

  • You did a great job with the video! I still can’t believe you had 31 coupons for Crest! You just inspired me to work harder for deals! I’m using your coupon database that I installed at my site, and I LOVE it!!!

  • Kara says:

    How did you get 31 coupons for toothpaste? Do you buy 31 newspapers?
    Great job on the video!!

    • Crystal says:

      Check the link in the post which explains that. 🙂

      • Jenna says:

        @Crystal, I agree that there hasn’t been a toothpaste deal in FOREVER! I’ve been waiting as well. So when I realized Sunday morning that there was free toothpaste I grabbed the baby 20 minutes before nap time and ran out the door…no make up sweats and all b/c I knew my store would be wiped out. I live in a smaller town and don’t have a lot of Krogers. I was right. Got 6 tubes and there were probably only 30 left.

        My question is how did you get 31 $0.50/1 coupons to double in one transaction? My Kroger will only double up to 3 of same coupon per transaction.

        Loved the video…do more!!!


  • Missie says:

    You did a great job on the video!

    Congrats on having a wonderful shopping trip. I love it when I’m able to stock up and pay very little! whoop-whoop for saving money!

  • Kimberly says:

    I am so impressed! I have a hard time achieving over the 50% mark when the produce and meat are incorporated. You did an amazing job and are so inspirational!

  • Kari says:

    I thought your video was great! I’m probably going to be in the minority to say this… but I actually like when you just write out the deals instead! The video was 3 1/2 minutes whereas it normally takes me about 20 seconds to read your post. Since I think we’re all about being efficient, I found the written post to be a lot quicker than watching the whole video. Or maybe you could do both- type up the deals as well as post the video? I know that’s more work for you though! Anyways, I love what you do and am normally on board for most things, but I have to say I liked the old way better! 🙂

    • Crystal says:

      Don’t worry, I don’t plan to do this on a weekly basis as it definitely wasn’t extremely efficient! Sorry if it came across like I’m going to be switching over to this from now on!

      I was just trying something new to change things up a little bit. But I’ll be back to writing out my deals again next week, rest assured. 🙂

  • Weeze says:

    I realize that the crayons came from the grocery store and were a fantastic deal, but when figuring your budget, do you count those as part of your grocery money? or perhaps, homeschooling? or household? Just curious how you do it as I’m documenting every single purchase right now so I can refine my budget. Thanks.

    • Crystal says:

      They came out of the grocery budget since they were more-than-free. If they hadn’t been more-than-free or free, they would have come out of our homeschooling budget.

  • Nat says:

    Thank you for the video!!!! very informative!!

  • Kristine says:

    I stocked up on free toothpaste at the end of last year. I am glad I did that because it has been hard to find a good deal on toothpaste lately. Some folks may think that .50 cents off toothpaste is good(without doubling), but we frugal folks know that it’s really good when we get free or nearly free toothpaste. 😀 I was able to send my husband with six months of free toothpaste on his last deployment, and I really like being able to “shop” my stockpile when we run out. 🙂 A really cool thing about some of my free toothpaste is that some of them came with a free toothbrush on top. That has been a double blessing. Like you, we brush our teeth after every snack and meal around here too, so it’s really great to have a stockpile. I have been wondering and slightly worried about what types of stores will be available to me at our next duty station. Maybe I’ll be next to a Kroger and you can show me the ropes. 🙂 Anyhow, I am rambling here, so I have a question. (You may have answered this in this past.) How do you store your stockpile of toothpaste,deodorant,etc.? I have plastic bins with lids under my bathroom sinks full of these items. (toothpaste,lotion, deodorant,bodywash,etc.) When something runs out I just slide the appropriate bin out and grab a new one. It’s very organized. Then, I have a box in my closet for the excess. It’s a huge walk-in closet, so it doesn’t take up much room. So,that’s what works for me. If you don’t mind answering what works for you; I would appreciate it. (You can e-mail me if you prefer to answer that way. Thanks for everything Crystal. 🙂 By the way, your vlog was fantastic! 😀

    • Crystal says:

      In our new house, we have a very roomy closet in our basement bathroom that I’m using to store all extra household/hygiene products. It’s organized by product and shelf so I can see at a glance what we’re running low on.

  • Carrie says:

    @crysal I was already impressed with you that you could blog, keep your house clean, cook from scratch and homeschool and parent 3 kids. Now, I find out you are brushing your teeth up to 6 times a day as well?????

    you must not be human after all. sorry! can i tell you how many days with the kids and the blog that I am making lunch before I realize I have not yet had a chance to brush my teeth that day?

    • Crystal says:

      You’re cracking me up! Believe me, I’m so far from superwoman. You shoulda seen the messes in my home this week!

      I think my overdoing it on the teeth-brushing came from growing up. My mom had these charts in the bathroom and we’d check off every time we brushed our teeth. It became a contest to see who could outdo the other siblings in the most teeth brushings for the day (yes, we didn’t watch tv so we had to come up with other diversions ;). So I guess I just got to the point where I couldn’t stand to not brush my teeth multiple times per day. But my older sister totally has me beat. I think she brushes her teeth like 12 times per day. She brings her toothbrush with her everywhere and it’s a family joke!

      • alyssa says:

        That’s hilarious! I can see how you made a habit out of it, though. I usually brush 2x a day, though plenty of days I forget in the morning as I get too busy after breakfast. Then again I’ve never had a cavity, so maybe I’m not motivated?! 🙂
        Glad you found a great deal and have the room to stock up! I guess all the toothpaste I’ve gotten recently is from CVS.

  • Kassandra Wood says:

    Yaaaaaaaaay! Way to overcome your fear! That was WONDERFUL for your first video post! Your voice is absolutely beautiful and it puts a special twist on feeling like we know you a little bit better! 🙂 Kudos to you, Crystal! I can’t wait to see the next one! Keep up the inspirational posts! You are a ray of sunshine and a breath of fresh air in a financially trying “world” right now! XOXOXOXOXO

  • Amy says:

    I just went to Kroger (actually 2 because the first one had NO crayons left), and the crayon deal didn’t work. Bought 9 of the $.25 boxes and no catalina :(.

  • becky says:

    After seeing your face on various websites, it was nice to hear voice that goes with it! Good job on the Vlog Crystal! God bless!

  • Debbie says:

    what happened to the link ups???

  • Christy says:

    I have not read through all of the other posts, so someone may have already suggested this. With school starting soon, there may be some charities or churches collecting school supplies for those than cannot afford it. You could also contact public elementary schools nearby, specifically the guidance dept. They probably would welcome any donations for kids that show up with nothing. I teach public elem. school and our guidance dept. has always been awesome about collecting school supplies so that when someone shows up with nothing (often part way through the year because many families struggling economically move a lot), they do not have to send the child off to one of our classrooms emptyhanded. I saw the pride in a second graders’ face at his one notebook, 2 pencils, and box of crayons provided in such a way when he arrived in my classroom last May. It was his 5th school that school year alone and he told me it was the first time he actually got to walk into the classroom with supplies.

    Another great idea I got from a friend. Get the silicone molds in whatever shape you want. Peel and melt crayons in them in oven. Let cool and snap out. Last year she made cute snowman, Christmas tree, and star shaped crayons for Christmas gifts for children. She bought $1 coloring books and attached a baggy with 2 of these special crayons. My son still uses them in July! I have a bunch of old crayons that I am planning on doing this with this Christmas because I always like to give my son’s classmates a little something and this may be an inexpensive way to do so. My own students will probably like it too. I did it before with muffin tins and the kids just liked the crayons because they had so many different colors in them. Just some frugal ideas!!

  • Nicole says:

    I really enjoyed watching the vlog. I hope there are more to come!

  • Chelsea says:

    Great video Crystal!

    It was interesting to hear your voice. I like the videos even better than when you write out your deals with links and everything (go figure, I’m an audio person 🙂

    Looking forward to the next one!

  • Candice says:

    I was so excited for you for the free toothpaste I shared with my husband (big mistake!) He wants to know why in the world anyone would buy 31 toothpastes. I’ve tried to explain to him that it doesn’t go bad, it was free, if one didn’t like it one could donate it, etc etc etc. I even read him some blog posts by’s husband Ryan.

    He just doesn’t get it. And I can tell him those things, he’ll agree, but then the next conversation is *literally* a broken record of the first. All I’ve been able to get out of him is that he worries our stockpile (which is all of about 20 items right now, and contains mostly condiments, Crystal Light, and 4 boxes of brownies I got for $0.49 each) is going to get out of control, that food will get wasted, it will be things we don’t eat, and it will all be junk food. He said he bases this on things that have happened before, which I think is a cop-out, because 1. none of this has happened before (except maybe with perishables that have gone bad) and 2. when I ask for specific examples I get this response, “I don’t know, they just have.”

    Any tips or tricks? Do you think this is simple fear or is this a psychological issue? (I’m going for the second, lol. ;p We’ve been married over 10 years, have three children under five, I own and run a small business, and he still thinks that the kitchen is going to stay clean…) I coupon because we *don’t* have the extra money to spend on groceries right now, so I can’t bank the money, and he is more concerned with how much is in the stockpile rather than how much I spent OR saved. Incidentally, when it’s time for a garage sale, I’m the one tossing left and right, and he’s the one holding the 20 year old holey t-shirt to his chest. 😛

    • Candice says:

      Oh, and this is a weekly fight between us. If I don’t do it, we can’t really afford much at all, and stockpiling allows us the room for treats. But anytime I plan my grocery shopping trip or want to buy the sunday paper, he tells me “We don’t need groceries.”

      Even if we’re out of milk.*

      *This is the batchelor mentality. He’s taken to frequently wishing for the good old days as a single guy where dinner consisted of a creatively stir-fried concoction of corn starch, a frozen steak, and a can of tomato sauce and the house was spotless because the only furniture was a couch and a really awesome entertainment system. lol

  • Flossie says:

    Thanks so much for the Crayola deal and many others. I had a second great trip to Krogers this week. Free cheese, cream cheese, olay body wash, wheatables, mentos, toothepaste, soft soap. My faith in them has been restored.

  • Stacy says:

    Great vlog, Crystal! You scored some great deals!!!! Thanks for sharing them with us!

  • Beth says:

    Thank you so much! It was great to hear your voice! I agree with the other person who posted that you should show your face next time! Thanks again!

  • Tammy L says:

    Loved hearing your voice (wow, how many years has it been since we talked on the phone?!) and am wondering why you say “cyou-pon” instead of “coo-pon”! 🙂

  • Laura says:

    I loved the vlog. How did you have so many Crest coupons.?? What a great job!

  • Natalie says:

    Can you explain the crayon tip for Crayola? I went to Mary’s site and didn’t find anything. How did you get paid to buy those?

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