Dating Dime: How to spend 1 day in St. Louis (or, how we did it)

how to spend 1 day in St. Louis

So, Monday evening we decided to take a spontaneous trip to St. Louis all day Wednesday because my husband’s FAVORITE BAND EVER was going to be there (birthday gift from me). Then, we used our anniversary money to make this our anniversary trip for this year! And we only had 1 day to plan!



So, we were a little CRAZY. My husband worked both Tuesday and Thursday so we had 1 day in which to drive to St. Louis, enjoy it, and drive back. Since St. Louis is an almost 5 hour drive for us, we planned to leave at 5:30am!!


This picture reminds me of my favorite song, “We’ll Make

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Couponing 101: Lingo

Last time in my Cutting Your Grocery Bill series, I talked about where to get coupons. Starting in November, I will be regularly posting about printable coupons again every Thursday and some Sundays. Onto Week Two: Coupon Lingo and a Few Tips & Tricks As coupon inserts in the newspaper are one of the main sources for coupons, I wanted to go over abbreviations for these categories.

Sunday Newspaper abbreviations:

GM = General Mills PG = Procter & Gamble RP = Red Plum SS = SmartSource

*Date for insert is typically in very small print on the spine of the insert.


CVS and Walgreens lingo:

ECB = Extra Care Bucks – CVS in-store credit/money  RR = Register Reward – Walgreens in-store credit/money IVC =

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Couponing 101: Beginnings

Three weeks ago I started this new series with 5 tips on How to Cut your Grocery Bill. I also showed you this awesome app I found that makes menu planning and grocery list making so much easier!! Last week we talked about knowing your local sale prices.

This week, I wanted to address coupons. Few disclaimers:

– I am no coupon expert. Though I am new to couponing, that means the learning process is still fresh to me, so I can share baby steps to couponing. – I don’t have all the answers or the perfect system, but I can show you what I’ve learned works for me and refer you to some “coupon experts.”

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My Compiled Buy-Price List

Since I really wanted to know and be able to compare grocery prices, I spent 12 weeks evaluating the sales in my area in order to compile this buy-price list. This will help to keep me aware of actual sales and more accountable to spend my money wiselyI used my compiled data, with lists from Money Saving Mom, The Frugal Find, Madame Deals, and Southern Savers. Continue reading My Compiled Buy-Price List