*HOT** Get $20 Worth of Gas for as Low as $2!!!

This deal won’t last long, so hurry!!!! Top Cash Back has a new program called Snap and Save.  You earn cash back by simply snapping a photo of a qualifying receipt.  They have a new promotion that runs from August 29th-September 1st that will give you $8 cash back when you buy $20 in gas ANYWHERE!  If you’re new to Top Cash Back, you’ll get an extra $10 bonus.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Sign up for Top Cash Back
  • Click on ‘Offers’
  • Click on ‘Snap & Save’
  • Click ‘Submit Receipt’.

The money will be deposited in your account.  BONUS: If you select your payout in Amazon gift cards, you’ll get an extra 2.5%  bonus.  This is especially great if you’re a member of our Subscribe and Save group- where we find deals on household and grocery items at Amazon that are better than couponing!

Don’t forget- the Extreme Christmas Savings group will open for the season on Monday!  Join now to secure your spot- it’s FREE!

Aldi Produce Picks: August 20-26, 2014 {AVOCADOS!}

Each week, Aldi advertises some great produce prices.  We list the prices for the SWMO region, but always check your local ad for details.

Here are this week’s picks:

  • Sweet Corn (4 pack ears): $1.25
  • Avocados: $.33
  • Strawberries (16 oz pack): $1.25
  • Blueberries (pint): $1.25
  • Cantaloupe: $.99 each
  • Watermelon: $2.99 each

Remember, you can price match the produce prices at some other stores, including Walmart, if your store is sold out!

Also, you need to know about these Important Changes to Walmart Price Matching Policy.

Important Changes to Walmart Price Matching Policy

If you price match at Walmart to save on your groceries, you might be in for a shock when you check out this week.  Walmart has now altered their price matching policy to eliminate matching of store brand products.  According to the revised price matching policy, you can still match produce and meats, along with name brand items, but no store brand or private labels will be matched.  I know this won’t affect as many of you since you’ve been taking advantage of our Amazon household deals group!

If you’d like to read the full policy, click here:  Walmart Price Matching Policy.  We scan the policies regularly and post updates on our Facebook page, make sure to like us so you don’t miss an important change!

If you’re looking for a way to save on your household items without couponing, check out our Subscribe & Save group. We find the hottest Amazon deals (coupons, too!) and you can have your items shipped to your door at no charge.. for CHEAPER than couponing!!!  Save time AND money!

If you’re gearing up to save money on your holiday shopping, check out our HUGELY POPULAR site Extreme Christmas Savings and its Facebook group.  The Facebook group is already kicking off with fantastic deals for its TENTH holiday season!

What I really do for a living… And no, it’s not watching soaps and playing on Facebook.


I work a lot of hours, most of which are done in my home office or at my kitchen table.  Occasionally I’ll take off to teach a seminar, attend a conference, or spend an entire day holed up in the back corner of a coffee shop (the rarest of all occasions).  I’ve been trying desperately to follow a routine that allows me to have the tiniest bit of a social life, which I’ve found simply opens me up to more questions about my work.

For some strange reason, when someone asks a family member (outside of my husband and kids) what I do, they reply ‘she coupons’.  How impressive is that?!?  I went to college SIX times to coupon.  I guess I see where they get it.  I’ve taught couponing workshops for ten years, but they are just a small portion of what I do, and honestly, they are a ‘for fun’, make no money job on the side.

Even though I know exactly what I do, when someone asks me, I usually reply with a canned response, ‘I work from home’. That used to invoke curiosity.  Everyone was interested in working from home. Now it can stop a conversation dead in its tracks and send the person who asked running for safety.  Working from home is now associated with multi level marketing scams and direct sales recruiting.  So why the canned response?  Because I do so much that it’s hard to narrow it down to a short conversation, and when you work at home, you’re so excited to speak to another human that it might actually take longer than normal.  It also lessens the idea of success.  I tend to keep to myself because I fear that even speaking of my accomplishments might be considered bragging.  I prefer to be humble.  

So, what do I really do?  I own a media company, which encompasses several small companies.  I’m actually in the middle of incorporating, which is a huge step!  I’ve always loved learning about anything and everything, and I’ve found a way to wrap all of that useless knowledge up and create my own dream job.  

  • I create and photograph recipes and crafts for hundreds of popular magazines, cookbooks, and websites.  
  • I own and run 23 active websites, along with over 100 Facebook pages and groups, in addition to all other social media accounts.  
  • I design planner pages.  
  • I have several books published, both fiction and non-fiction.  
  • I design party supplies.  
  • I am an accounting consultant, specializing in freelancers and internet businesses.

In addition to all of the above, I also have a lineup of over 40 workshops that focus on bootstrapping and personal finance.  I’ve taught at four universities and several technical schools, along with hundreds of conferences, events, and private groups.

The opportunities that I’ve been blessed with are things that I never thought possible.  I’ve worked with and met dozens of celebrities, including Bob Harper, Mario Lopez, and Molly Ringwald. I’ve written articles for magazines that I idolized as a child.  I’ve taped segments for national news shows and syndicated columns for newspapers.  The biggest blessing has been the tens of thousands of families that I’ve helped get their spending under control and bootstrap their dream job.

I’m often asked how I found my job- and for that, my answer is simple.  I created it.  




*UPDATE* Introducing Savings Catcher From Walmart | Effortless Refunds if a Competitor Has a Lower Price

*UPDATE*  As the program rolls out nationwide this week, it looks like they’ve added to the eligible items.  I just got this email:


Walmart’s new program, Savings Catcher, is now available in all areas.  All you have to do is enter your receipt data, and the program will scan local competitor’s ads and refund any price differences on a Walmart gift card.

Entering your receipt is easy.  You can enter your receipt number online, scan the barcode via the Savings Catcher section of the Walmart app, or register your phone number within the app and enter it upon checkout for automatic entering.

The inclusion list is vague, as it doesn’t state exactly which stores and ads are included.  There are several excluded items, such as store brands, meat, produce, and many general merchandise items.  A screen shot from the FAQ is attached below.

I don’t shop at Walmart often, but I did make a stop this weekend.  I’ve entered my receipt and am currently awaiting verification.  I’m curious to see how this pans out!  Have you used the program?

Asus 15.6″ Laptop: $230

If you’re in the market for a laptop, Best Buy is running a great deal on a 15.6″ Asus.  It’s currently priced at $229.99 with free shipping!  This one also has an optical drive, so that you can play DVDs (this is getting hard to find on lower end laptops).

Some of the specs include: 

Intel® Celeron® processor N2830

Features a 1MB L2 cache and 2.16GHz processor speed with Intel® Burst up to 2.41GHz.

4GB DDR3 memory

For multitasking power.

Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive

Create custom DVDs and CDs.

15.6″ high-definition display

Showcases movies, games, Web content and other media in stunning clarity.

500GB hard drive (5400 rpm)

Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times.

Intel® HD graphics

For lush images. HDMI output enables simple connection to an HDTV or other high-definition display.

Built-in 0.3MP webcam

Along with a microphone makes it easy to video chat with family and friends.

This is a nice little laptop if you’re looking for an inexpensive one to tote around, and would make a good home computer for lighter use (internet surfing, email, Netflix, etc.)


SWMO Price Match List | 7/30/14

We’ve added a new feature to The Sensible Family!  We know that many of you don’t have time to shop with coupons or even shop around for the best deals and it can take hours to come up with a great price match plan.  We’ve taken the work out of it and created the new SWMO Price Matchers.  This comprehensive price match list takes the work out of shopping!

Each week, we comb through every store’s ad within a 50 mile radius of Springfield and list the best prices.  This list is also fully compatible in towns such as Branson and Lebanon.  We’ve noted the stores that are close to the edge of the boundary so that you can easily adjust if needed.

In this PDF download, you will find two separate lists.  One is sorted by department to make your shopping much quicker.  The other is sorted by store so that you can easily refer to an ad upon checkout.

This week’s list features 273 different items, and we’ve made sure that the prices listed are the lowest across the all of the ads.

This week’s ad features prices from the following stores (other stores were considered, but did not qualify for the lowest prices):

  • Aldi
  • Apple Market
  • Dillons
  • Food 4 Less
  • Harter House
  • HyVee
  • Murfins
  • Price Cutter/Summer Fresh/Country Mart
  • Rhodes Price Chopper
  • Save A Lot
  • Woods

If you’d like to view last week’s list, click here.

The first 50 will receive the list for only $5- HALF off!

*HOT* New Kraft Printable Coupons that Pair Perfectly with this Week’s Sales

$1.00 off ONE (1) MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee


I’m busy working up this week’s SWMO Price Matching list, and there are some HOT new Kraft coupons that pair beautifully with it.  I’m afraid they won’t last long, so you should print these NOW!

$0.75 off ONE (1) PLANTERS Peanuts (These will be $.99 when paired with the list!)

$1.00 off 2 LUNCHABLES UPLOADED Lunch 

$1.00 off ONE (1) KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese Dinner

$1.00 off (1) VELVEETA Shells & Cheese Dinners

$0.50 off ONE (1) MIRACLE WHIP Dressing (These will be $1 when paired with the list!)

$0.50 off ONE (1) KRAFT Mayonnaise 

$0.75 off ONE (1) KRAFT Salad Dressing (These will be $.24 when paired with the list!)

$1.00 off ONE (1) CAPRI SUN Juice Drink (These will be $.49 when paired with the list!)

$1.00 off ONE (1) MAXWELL HOUSE Coffee (these will be $2.49 with the list!)

$0.50 off ONE (1) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese ($.85 when paired with the list- or $.35 if shopping in the actual store that doubles)

$1.00 off ONE (1) VELVEETA 32 oz

$0.75 off ONE (1) KRAFT Singles ($.75 when paired with the list!)

$0.75 off KRAFT Natural Shredded or Chunk Cheese ($.75 when paired with the list!)


If you’re interested in the SWMO Price Match, all of the details are in the SWMO Price Matchers Group.  Join to participate in the trial phase!