May 18, 2009

Welcome NBC D/FW Viewers!


(Note to regular readers: I will leave this post at the top for today and will put my regular daily posts underneath it.)

I feel so honored that Deborah Ferguson at NBC 5 wanted to do a story on me and Surviving The Stores! If you are here because of that news segment, WELCOME! It is my goal to help you learn how to cut your costs and save BIG both on your online purchases and on your monthly grocery bills!

How can Surviving The Stores help you?

Each day I post the deals and freebies (yes, there are tons of free items out there to grab, like the coupon each Friday through September for FREE Mars chocolate!) that are available online or in the stores. I also post coupon matchups (these tell which coupons to use for the items that are on sale) for the grocery stores and the drug stores (like CVS and Walgreens) in my area. I have had my BIGGEST savings here!

If you are just starting out, my number one piece of advice is DON’T GET DISCOURAGED! It can feel overwhelming at first, but if you stick with it, it REALLY pays off! Read the “Where To Begin” section on the left sidebar and also read “Surviving CVS” and “Surviving Walgreens.”

My second piece of advice is to just take one step at a time. Don’t try to start couponing at Walgreens, CVS, Target, and the grocery stores all in one week! Learn one store, then move to another, and then another. Keep reading the deals and scenarios and ask questions! You can click on the “comments” link that’s under each post and either I or other readers will help you along.

What if you don’t want or don’t have time to use coupons at the store? How can Surviving The Stores help you? I have yet to meet someone who doesn’t get excited at getting 75% off their Christmas gifts, or getting a store coupon for 30% off items they were already going to buy! If you don’t want to “coupon” then you can skip over the couponing posts and just read the posts with Amazon deals, great online buys, and freebies!

What should you do from here?

1) Sign up HERE to receive a daily email with all of the deals and freebies I posted that day. When you enter your email address, you will get an email to verify. Make sure to click on the link in the verification email or you will not be added to the email list. If you currently use a blog reader (such as google reader) then you can add Surviving The Stores to your list by clicking HERE.

2) Look around the website and get familiar with the layout. If you are new to reading blogs then you will see that it is a different format than other websites. Posts are organized by day and by topic. You can look for specific topics under the section on the right (about half way down) titled “Find A Topic.”

3) Come back to Surviving The Stores throughout the day because some deals and printable coupons are time sensitive and can’t wait until the end of the day email.

What are some great deals and freebies you can take advantage of right now? (Just click on the sentence or where it says HERE to get more information.)

This upcoming Wednesday you can get a FREE Salon Treatment at Kerastase Salons!

Monday morning the first 100,000 to sign up get a coupon for a FREE DiGiorno Melt!

Save BIG on your monthly phone bill (we now pay $20 a YEAR instead of $30 a month!)

With newspaper costs rising, many people are turning to printable coupons to maximize their grocery savings. You can print out LOTS of coupons for free from your own computer! Click HERE to choose the coupons you want to print. There are TONS of Kraft coupons right now that can be used for some pretty sweet deals!

Get 2 pounds (4 bags) of coffee for only $4.95 from Boca Java!

Do you search the web? Why not get gift cards from doing it?? Sign up for Swagbucks HERE to start earning gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks and Target!

Also, you can read through ALL of my Freebies posts by clicking on the “Freebies” tab on the left or by clicking HERE. Many of the deals are still available!

Thank you for visiting! I hope that this website can be of great help in your journey to greatly lower your grocery expenses and Survive The Stores!

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  1. I have been using a few other coupon sites since Oct 2008 and I have to say I am now addicted to finding deals. I came across your site a few weeks ago and it is now my favorite! I was watching the news tonight and saw your interview! You did great. Just wanted to say I love your site and thanks for all of the help to make saving money easier.

  2. I found you through the Grocery Gathering a couple months ago and greatly enjoy your blog. It is one of my absolute favorites! Top notch! I like the layout and the fantastic deals you find. I do not live in the D/FW area, so I didn’t get a chance to see you on the news. Congrats anyway! I wish I could see it! Maybe I will search for it…..

  3. What exactly is swag bucks? I’m wary of it because of all the scams I’ve seen…
    I researched it online and it seems legitimate, but I haven’t gotten very much information about how it works, and I’m just suspicious by nature.

  4. Rachel @ Surviving The Stores says:

    Hi Alyssa!

    I think it’s good to be suspicious of online offers. There are definitely some that are scams. What I try to do is filter through everything for you and only post the offers that are actually legitimate. Here is a post I did a while back about how swagbucks works:

  5. Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam says:

    Yea – so thrilled for you! 🙂 Download the link on here, so we can see you in your fabulousness.

  6. Rachel @ Surviving The Stores says:

    Thanks Jen! They haven’t posted the video yet, but when they do I will add the link to this post.

  7. Love your site and your emails! I am telling everyone about your blog!

  8. SuperTroll23 says:

    I have been following your for about 6 months and was very happy to see you highlighted on NBC5 last night! Thank you for all you do, you make a difference in everyone’s lives by helping us save money on everyday expenses!

  9. I too love your site. I just started couponing a few months–this month I bought $1228 worth of groceries and drug store items. I was only out of pocket $220 but once I receive my rebates I will make $168–I am amazed. I appreciate your site for helping me save money.

    One thing I saw you talk about is MagicJack. We switch over to Ooma. It has been great. A few people we know had trouble with Magic Jack so that is why we went with ooma. Also, you don’t have to leave your computer on. You have an initial investment but then phone service is FREE. Just thought I would share this with you.

  10. Rachel @ Surviving The Stores says:

    Hey Andrea!

    We haven’t had any issues with the Magic Jack so far, but if we do we will definitely look into Ooma. $250 is a lot to pay up front for the Ooma, but better than a $50 a month phone bill.

    Hopefully the $20 a year service with Magic Jack will continue to work out well for us!

  11. Anonymous says:

    Rachel it was great seeing you as well! I just love your blog as its one of my favorites. The news clip was shown again this morning which is when I saw it. Congrats on your success and keep up the good work!


  12. Anonymous says:

    I am so proud of myself…I am only a beginner and today I went to Target and spent $104.00 before coupons, after coupons my total was $81.00. WOW! A friend told me about the site, surviving the stores…I didnt know you could stack Target coupons!!! I am so excited! I am going to do even better next time~ I am so thrilled I saved $25.00!!!

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Mar 10, 2009

Welcome NBC Viewers!


Welcome to Surviving The Stores!

NBC Dallas originally aired a story about saving money by using blogs and now that story is being aired across the nation!

What you saw in the segment on couponing can happen for you too! It might seem overwhelming at first, but after a few weeks of practice, you too can be getting groceries for next to nothing (and with the economic times as they are, that is VERY helpful!)

I began Surviving The Stores in September 2008 as a way to keep myself accountable in grocery budgeting. I was not raised in a couponing family, so the whole couponing world was very new to me. I mistakenly thought that people who used coupons ended up paying more for items than those who bought the off brands.

After getting the hang of it and saving us literally THOUSANDS of dollars I thought that maybe my experiences and finds could be helpful to others. With the economic times as they are, more and more people are trying to cut back and figure out ways to “Survive The Stores.” I am here to help!

How can Surviving The Stores help you save $$? (and LOTS of it!)

The first place to start is by clicking on “Where To Begin” on my left sidebar at the top. That will give you all of the information you need to get started couponing!

Then, click on the store(s) that you have near you to find the deals and coupon match-ups for that store. I find the weekly deals for:

Tom Thumb (which generally the ad is the same for all Safeway stores including Randalls)
Texas Albertsons
Texas/Louisiana Kroger
CVS (nationwide)

Couponing at CVS and Walgreens has a strategy all of its own. To be honest, it took me a little while to get the hang of it. But now I don’t pay for make-up, toiletries, over the counter medicine, diapers, some food items, CHOCOLATE :), and the list keeps going! I recommend reading my CVS and Walgreens weekly posts for a couple of weeks until you feel comfortable with how it works.

If your local grocery store is not one of the ones listed above, make sure to head over to The Grocery Gathering to find a blog that does the coupon match-ups for a store near you!

I also post about Target and Walmart when you can get a really great deal there! (Most of the free items generally come from CVS, Walgreens and the grocery stores, though).

Although there tends to be multiple posts each day here at Surviving The Stores, these are the weekly staples:

Monday: Menu Plan Monday – We have saved SOO much money by me just sitting down once a week and planning out what we will be having. I provide links to the recipes that I use as well as reviews of some of the recipes that we have had previously

Tuesday: Helpful money-saving articles

Wednesday: Grocery store coupon match-ups

Thursday: CVS and Walgeens weekly deals posted

Friday: Fun Friday Freebies! – Each week I post a list of all of the freebies that I have found online the previous week. I have gotten lots of really neat stuff for free including DVDs, TONS of magazines and food! You can check out all of the freebies from previous weeks HERE.

Saturday: Super Savings Saturday – What did I find at my local stores and how much did I spend?

Sunday: CVS and Walgreens trips

If you are already a blog reader, I recommend adding Surviving The Stores to your blog reader (such as google reader) so that you don’t miss out on any great deals!

You can also subscribe to Surviving The Stores for free through email and you will get an email at the end of each day with the posts for that day.

Please feel free to email me or leave a comment with any questions you may have!

Want an easy way to start earning a little extra now? See my post HERE about a neat opportunity called Swagbucks!

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Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above may be "affiliate links." This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. Money Savin' Momma says:

    Your blog rocks! Love the deals!!

    We also write a blog with lots of freebies, bargains, and money saving tips! Right now we’re featuring a deal where you get $10 off a $10 purchase at QVC (yup, that means it’s totally free)! Feel free to check it out at

    We also review paid survey sites, where you can get paid to do surveys online, as well as other online money makers! Thanks!

  2. Amy -Cutting Coupons in KC says:

    I love your blog! That is really exciting being mentioned in the article!

  3. Your logo looks awesome!

  4. Congratulations! Great story 🙂

    Thanks for the link!


  5. Jen - Balancing beauty and bedlam says:

    Saw your tweet to Bargain Briana and had to investigate since I knew it would be good. CONGRATS – that is just wonderful!

  6. I love all of the hard work you do each day!

    I won an award and in return I am rewarding you with the same one!


  7. Saving Everyday has nominated you for the Kreative Blogger award!

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