The time has come for our children to start thinking about which valentines they are going to give their class. While I would love to be super creative and make something really cool for them, my life is a little too full. So we have to use the commercial ones that cost like 6 dollars per box.
This year, they're free (practically) for me. Simply because I bought them last year on clearance after Valentines Day for 25 cents a box. I bought six boxes, which will be more than plenty, and I'll probably even have some left over for next year.
So my tip this week is to watch those supermarket clearance aisles after February 14. I also recall getting some great deals on valentines candy last year, but of course that's all gone by now.
Also, many of you asked about how to do couponing. Really, the basic rules are 1) use coupons only when the item is on sale and 2) stockpile when something is a great deal so that you don't ever have to buy that item at regular price. The lists available at websites like Grocery Game and Pinching Your Pennies help you match up sale items with coupons, and also tell you where to find the coupons.
If you would like more info and you live in my town, my friend Mandy is having a couponing class sometime in February. I am hoping to go, so you can come as my friend if you don't know Mandy, but since most of you do, just go!