Lately. .

8 07 2011

You probably haven’t noticed but we haven’t been blogging much.. Why, you ask? Well, people just don’t seem that interested. It originally started as a tool to help out those who were so curious how THEY TOO could save major money on groceries ..but no one really coupons. My younger sister coupons a little but feels overwhelmed with it all, which I think may be the case for most people. What’s overwhelming to me is going to the grocery store and spending your entire food budget on minimal items. The other day I was behind a lady in line who bought normal grocery items that I’m sure you all buy (cereal, bread, juice, lunch meat, TP, etc..). She maaaaybe had 30 items and spent OVER $200. Uhhh… Today we went to Winco, of all places (generally can’t beat their produce prices) and spent $35 on a bunch of stuff. That’s a GOOD amount of food for $35 and only a few coupons. But I STILL felt weird spending that much on one transaction ..crazy, huh? Went to the farmer’s market today and picked up a pint of raspberries and a bunch of baby carrots for yummy candy glazed carrots!

Total groceries for the month = $60
pint of raspberries
bunch baby carrots
2 lb nectarines
3 lb bananas
bunch of spinach
1 lb tomatoes
5 lb potatoes
3 pounds onions
1 lb apples
2 lb flour
6 bagels
2 boxes of waffles
3 Challenge butter
1 Darigold sour cream
2 ranch dips
2 petite sirloins
1 lb flank steak (for Ryan’s jerky!)
big tub of shortening
4 packs blueberry muffin mix
tortilla chips
8 Kettle chips
6 boxes Rice Krispies
2 boxes Nutri-Grain bars
1 box Cinnabon bars
1 box fruit snacks (promised P!)
3 packs Oreos
2 packs Chips Ahoy
1 pack Fig Newtons
2 packs imitation crab (crab puffs, mmm!!)
1 pack wontons
1 jar Nutella (wow, I can’t believe I paid $4+ for a tiny jar..)

Non-food = $18

35 lb bag of GOOD dog food for Chuck, no store brand!
3 Proglide and Hydro razors
14 toothbrushes
1 toothpaste
17 John Frieda’s shampoo/condition
3 bags of Tide Stain Release
1 48 roll Charmin ULTRA (so soft!)
18 Ajax/comet stuff

I think that covers most of what we got yesterday and today. Spent less than $100 ..not bad, eh? Tried to keep busy (grocery shopping) today because tomorrow we find out the sex of our baby! WOoOoOOHOo!

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Extreme? No! Awesome? Yes!

21 06 2011

Soo I am getting together my FM list and coupons so I figured I would walk you guys through how I organize a shopping adventure!

This week FM has an in store coupon for Pantene hair care products 3/$10, also in SS 6/19 there is MFR q for $3/2 Pantene products.. sooo just because the ad says 3 for $10, you don’t have to buy 3 to get this price. They will come out to $3.33 a piece.

So here’s the realistic side of couponing, the instore coupon limits 3 per transaction, I have 12 MFR q’s so I’ll be doing 12
transactions at FM this week. Sounds like a lot, but they are short, 2 item transactions.

Here’s the math-

2 X 3.33= 6.66-3=3.66$ not bad for 3 products of Pantene right?! Here’s the best part! FM is printing a catalina for $3 oyno for each 2 Pantene products you buy.. So my first transaction I will spend $3.66, but I’ll be getting $3 back. Some stores you can roll this $3 cat into the next order. I’ve heard you can do this at FM, so I am going to try. So transaction #2, I’ll give the cashier my $3 cat, and .66cents in change and hold my breath while I wait to see if another $3 cat prints out! If it does, I’ll keep rolling my cats onto each next order! If it doesn’t I’ll just use it for something else I need.. like mascara!

There is also a store coupon Purchase $10 or more of Cover girl cosmetics and get free mascara.. I need mascara and have been waiting for a good deal to buy it. I haven’t been able to find any matchups for this deal on other blogs so here’s where the binder organization system comes in handy, I just have to flip to

Ok so no covergirl coupons in there.. so I’ve kinda been slacking on clipping coupons and have started stacking in a pile filing my inserts! So here’s why coupon data bases are wonderful, I just searched and found this one http://thefrugalfind.com/coupon-database/  typed in cover girl and discovered I have coupons for other products, yay!! (They are from P&G 6/5 insert) Now I have all my coupons clipped and I’ll  be off to Freddies tomorrow to do transaction #1!!





Poll: 6/20/11

20 06 2011