Seasonal Savings

Let’s face it. If you have kids in the house, you are constantly buying new clothes as they grow. However, it’s time to start thinking about buying out of season for the best prices.

I realize South Florida doesn’t have a big change in seasons, but the spring clothing lines will be coming out soon and it’s a great time to get some of the winter items on clearance. Look for clearance items one to two sizes bigger than your child currently wears, and buy ahead for next year. In addition, when you find a great sale on current seasonal clothes, considering buying it in the size you currently need, and one size bigger in order to last through the summer.

My kids always seem to grow the fastest during the summer months. Swimwear is especially difficult if they outgrow it near the end of summer when the stores are already sold out of swimwear, or the prices are high due to having to shop at a specialty store. So, consider which item(s) may be helpful to buy two sizes of now, before summer begins.

A grocery budget topic I wanted to discuss today is the importance of a price comparison list. When I first began my “couponing” journey, I created a spreadsheet listing items I regularly bought and the prices at the stores I preferred to shop. I tried to include regular price and sale price. I seem to have gotten away from that, since I now have a general idea as to the prices.  But every once in a while I wish I still had my price notebook.

In fact, I will be creating an updated list over the next few weeks as I shop. This can really help you if you prefer to pay cash at the store, as you will be better able to determine how much cash to take with you. And, it helps you to be confident that you are getting the best deal. It’s also important to track in your book the size of the item and figure out the price per unit.

For example, is a 6-roll pack of toilet paper a better deal at Store “A”, or is the 36-roll pack at the warehouse store the better deal? Is the 24 oz. jar at Store “A” a better deal than the 36 oz. jar at Store “B?” Having the price per unit will help you determine that very quickly. It’s also important to keep this list current as prices do change fairly frequently. I include the date that price was found on my spreadsheet as well so I know how current the pricing is.

Attention Walmart Shoppers!

According to the Clark Howard website, Walmart may be lowering prices on many items in the near future. Click here for more information on Walmart’s “return to low-price legacy.”

Now, on to the local deals!

New club for pet owners! Publix has started a new Pet Club. Register now to receive tips, valuable coupons and advance notice of special events. And, if you register before March 31, 2011, you will be entered into a sweepstakes to win free food for you and your pet. You can find all the details and/or register here. And don’t forget they have other clubs and programs that can save you money. You can find all of them here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo BOGO – Buy one, get one free SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods: Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise: Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

**This week is “Italian Days” at Publix so it’s a fantastic time to stock up on many Italian foods such as pasta, black beans, tomato sauce and much more! You can also print some extra store coupons by going to While there, enter their sweepstakes for $10,000 in groceries! Sweepstakes ends 3/14/11.

For Publix “Super Deals for 2/17-2/23, please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 2/17-2/23, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites E-Book now available!

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Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at

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