Saturday, October 31, 2009

Albertson's shopping 10/31

I headed out to Albertson's this morning while my hubby was home with the kids.

I did three separate transactions...but I went to my car in between.

My first and second were because of a rain check that I had.

Transaction #1:
(2) Nature Valley Granola Bars $2.00 each
(2) Honey Nut Cheerios $2.00 each
(2) Apple Juice $.99 each
(2) Gogurts

I used these coupons:
(2) .40 off one NV Granola Bars (doubled to $1.00)
(2) $.55 off one Honey Nut Cheerios (doubled to $1.00
(2) .40 off one Gogurt (these did not double)

I paid $9.63 and got $8.00 in coupons for my next purchase

Transaction #2

(5) Packages of Sargento Cheese (rain check for $1.00 each, limit 5)

I used (5) .50 off one Sargento Cheese coupons, which doubled to $1.00

I paid $.08 for the Cheese

Transaction #3

(2) NV Granola Bars
(3) Honey Nut Cheerios
(5) Fiber One Cereal Bars
(1) Package of Pepperoni
(1) Red Bell Pepper
(1) Can of Olives

I used these coupons:
(2) $.40 off one NV Granola Bar
(3) $.55 off Honey Nut Cheerios
(5) $.40 off Fiber One Granola Bars
All of these doubled/tripled to $1.00

Then I used my coupons from the last transaction -$8.00

I paid $9.24 and got another $8.00 for my next shopping order.  For some reason I don't think I used all my coupons for the Cheerios...oh well.

Any way my total OOP (out of Pocket) $18.95

So, I went over my weekly budget...I will do better next week!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Grocery Budget for the Week of 10/25-11/1

Budget amount: $50.00
Amount Spent:
King Soopers: 29.52
King Soopers: 10.92
Albertsons: $18.95
Total for Week: $59.39

I still need to hit Albertson's and Safeway.  So, I hope I can still make my goal of only $50.00

I updated my totals...I went over by $9.39...I will do better next week!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thursday Only at King Soopers Halloween Candy

I am going to head out this afternoon to King Soopers to pick up Halloween Candy.

It is on sale for $1.88 each bag.  I have $1.50 off 3 bags

Then I am hoping my buy three get one free applies to this also.  If it does, I will get 8 bags of candy for about $4.50 plus tax.

Not bad for the fun size Snickers, etc.

I will update this once I get back from the store.

UPDATE:  I couldn't use the Free coupons.  So, I bought 6 bags and paid around  $8.50.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

King Soopers awesome deals 10/28-11/3

I had an awesome day grocery shopping today.  Here is what I got for $29.52

So, I splurged and bought can see my son looking at them.   He would eat that instead of lunch if I let him.

Here is what I bought.  Most of it was on the buy 10 get $5.00 off sale
The prices I am listing are after the $.50 off savings
(2) Tubs of Land O' Lakes Butter $.99 each
(2) Boxes of Swiss Miss Cocoa packets $.49 each
(2) Boxes of Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes $.99 each
(4) Boxes of Cheez-its Crackers $.99 each
(1) Pouch of Bumble Bee Tuna $.49 each
(4) Boxes of Jose Ole Taquitos $2.49 each
(6) Cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk (for holiday baking, etc.) $.49 each
(2) Snuggle Fabric Softner $3.49 each
(5) Pairs of Playtex Rubber Gloves $.49 each
(2) Pairs of Playtex Rubber Gloves $.99 each
(6) 3 ct. boxes of Rolaids $.99 each
(2) Packages of Halls Cough Drops $.49 each
(1) Scotch Packaging Tape $1.99
(1) 3 ct. Scotch tape (Christmas wrapping) $2.99
(1) Orowheat loaf of bread  $2.50
(2) Cans of Black Beans $.75 each
(2) Cans of Pinto Beans $.75 each
(4) Doughnuts $2.00
(1) Bag of Cresent Rolls discounted in the bakery. $4.35 I wouldn't have bought this if the price was actually marked on it...but my hubby will be happy!
(1) Package English Muffins $1.88
(1) Head of Lettuce $.99
(1) Bunch of Cilantro $.79
(1) Jalepino $.05
Total before Coupons and Super Card: 

These are the coupons that I used.  Don't forget all these double up to $1.00
(2) $.40 Land O Lakes Butter coupons
(2) $.25 Better Crocker Boxed potato coupons
(2) $.40 Better Crocker Boxed potato coupons (this was using, which adds coupons to your super card, and you can double up on coupons this way)
(2) $1.50 off 2 Cheez-It Crackers
(1) $.55 off Bumble Bee Tuna pouches
(4) $1.00 off Jose Ole Items
(3) $.55 off two Carnation Evaporated milk
(2) $3.00 off 1 Snuggle Fabric Softner
(5) $1.00 off Playtex Gloves
(2) $1.00 off Playtex Gloves
(2) $4.00 off any 2 Rolaids
(2) $1.00 off any 1 Rolaids
(2) $.50 off Halls cough drops
(1) $1.00 off Scotch Packaging tape
(1) $.50 off Scotch 3 Roll Tape
(1) $.55 off Orowheat Bread

For the $5.00 off 10 items I got 4 $5.00 off $20.00 off.
Total Coupon and Card Savings: $123.48

Not bad for about an hour prep work and 30 minutes in the store!

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Walgreens Deals Week of 10/25 to 10/31

For those of you that don't know about Walgreens Register Reward Deals, now is the time to figure them out.  This is the way that I get items for FREE and PROFIT!

This week the main Register Reward (RR) Deals are:

Robitussin To Go 2 ct. Single Packs
Get $2.50 Register Reward

ChapStick Fresh Effects
Get $3.00 Register Reward (the add says $2.99 Register Reward...but they don't print the .99, they round up)
FREE after RR

Dulcolax balance
Get $4.00 RR
Less Coupon on the Pack $3.00
FREE after RR

10 Ct. Fiber Choice or Beano
Get $2.50 Register Reward
$1.00 off coupon here: 
It looks like you need to register your information to get the coupon.
= $1.00 Profit after RR

Super Poligrip Denture Adhesive
Get $2.00 RR
Free After RR

Now, this week isn't all that exciting.  Unless you are toothless and have gas.  LOL.  But, maybe you know someone who is and can pass along these items. 

You can roll these register rewards back and forth.  For example, I will go purchase the Robitussin to go product, pay for the item.  Then use that Register Reward to buy the Beano.  Then I can go back and buy the Robitussin with that RR.  You can't use the register reward to purchase the same item and get another RR to print.

Suave Hair Care/Deodarant or Rave Hairspray
Get $2.00 RR
Use (3) $.75 off MFQ (manufacture coupon)
=.75 for three deodarant or $.25 each
This is where you can use another Register Reward to pay for these items.  Just make sure that you have enough items per coupon.  If you don't have enough items.  Pick up the holiday pencils or a candy bar to cover the amount of coupons.  So, if you have 4 items, and 5 coupons.  You need a filler item for the 5th coupon.  I usually pick up pudding, a pencil, or something really cheap.

Colgate Dental Care
Get $1.00 RR
Use $1.00 Colgate coupon from Sunday 10/25 inserts
$.99 after RR

Minis, Fun or Snack Size Candy
Nestle or Mars
Buy 1 at $5.99 get on for 50% off
So, 2/$8.98
use two Nestle $2.00 off MFQ from here:

Those are the steaming deals that I see.  So, I will post what I pick up later in the week.

Getting Organized, and Pictures of my Coupon Binder

The KEY to couponing, or at least that I have found, is staying organized.  If I have my coupons everywhere then I have a difficult time getting my lists together.  I have made this one thing that I try to have completed by the time I get my weekly ads.  I get the grocery inserts in my mailbox in Tuesday.  So, I try to keep up each week.  Then when I get my ads I can carefully find the best deals with my coupons in their correct place.

Now, there are many ways to organize your coupons.  You need to find what works for you.  I like to take my coupons with me.  However, I don't always take them.  It depends on the amount of time I have and if I think I may need them.  I try to get my lists together  and only take the coupons and my list into the store with me. 

I have created a binder that has a strap for carrying to house my coupons.  I bought this binder on clearance at target for about $10.  Then I utilized my coupon at Office Max to pick up Trading Card holders and dividers.  I created dividers for each category.  Then I added my trading card holders.  I was then ready to add my coupons.  I can open to each category and see at a glance if I have a coupon or not.  The most time consuming part is clipping and putting them away.  Pop in a move and clip away.  I also tend to have several inserts each week, so I match them up and clip them all at the same time. 

I get the Sunday paper and my mom gives me her coupons that she doesn't use. (The paper for a year cost me $24.00, I saved this on my first shopping trip).  Then if it is a great week I will go buy 2-3 more newspapers for the coupons.  Then I clip and put away.  The first thing you need to do is start getting coupons.  I also get them from printing online.  More information on that later.

Assingment #1:  Start collecting coupons.

Assignment #2: Organize your coupons

This is my binder.  It has two sections.  One has food items, and the other has toiletry, batteries, etc.  I also keep my ads in it, along with a calculator, paper, scissors, and a pen.  I don't have all my supplies in it at the moment, as I am working on a couple of ads.  This is just one of many ways to organize your coupons.

Get started so you can start saving!

Why I am starting this blog

I have been thinking about writing a blog about the deals that I find for a while. I LOVE when I find a deal and I tend to share it many times over with friends and family. So, instead of having to call various people I decided that it would make my life and many other's lives easier if I posted the deals here.

I have taught several moms about how to use coupons and have read over the last year about how to stretch my dollar even more. This month I have saved over $700, just by shopping the sales and using my coupons. I am still learning and this will be a journey for me as well as helping others. Who wouldn't want to keep thier money in their own pocket instead of handing it over at the grocery check out every week. I have lowered my grocery budget by about $100 each month. My goal is to lower my budget even more. I would like to have my bill down to $50.00 a week. Challenge yourself to learn one new way to lower your budget each week. Start slow, don't try to do it all at once, or you will get overwhelmed and quit.

I have also had trouble finding information for my area on the internet. There isn't a place to find the deals at Albertson's, which is really close to my house, and tends to have great sales...and even doubles, triples, and quadruples, coupons.

I hope that this blog can help you find great deals and feed your family for less. Come join me on my journey as I challenge myself to this new budget amount.

Stay tuned for this weeks grocery and drug store deals!