Wednesday, August 3, 2011

UPDATE!

So, I know that I have been slacking on my blogs (all of them) ... I just can't seem to make myself sit down and type out what I'm doing (maybe I've just been to busy shopping for great deals!!!  Anyways my hopes are to get all of my blogs back up and running and to ACTUALLY post on them.  In case you forgot or need a reminder they are:

http://www.growingupsain.blogspot.com/ --- our life :)
http://www.sainsavings.blogspot.com/ --- my savings and shopping
http://www.goinginsain.blogspot.com/ --- crafts and recipes

I'm going to TRY!!!

Melissa

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Week 7 (so far) ... $47.02

Albertsons

Transaction #1

6 - Fuze (on sale for 1.00 each)
   - combined 5.00 instant savings for buying 10 participating items

4 - Arrowhead Water 24pks (on sale for 3.99 each)
   - combined 5.00 instant savings for buying 10 participating items
   * received 5.00 Catalina for purchasing 4 cases

1 - Tostitos Chips (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Tostitos Dip (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Pepsi Max (2 liter)
   - used FREE Pepsi Max when you buy Tostitos Chips and Dip coupon
2 - Dole Salads (1.69 each w/in-ad coupon)

   - used (2) Twice the Value Coupons
   - used 5.00 Catalina from previous week

Transaction #1 Total:  $21.17 (estimated savings $34.13 - or 61.7%) and have 5.00 Catalina from water

Transaction #2

1 - Tostitos Chips (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Tostitos Dip (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Pepsi Max (2 liter)
   - used FREE Pepsi Max when you buy Tostitos Chips and Dip coupon
2 - Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast Packages (B1G1 Free - 7.68 for both)

   - used (2) Twice the Value Coupons
   - used 5.00 Catalina from transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  $3.73 (estimated savings $20.50 - or 84.6%)

Albertsons Total:  $24.90 (estimated savings 54.63 - or 68.7%)

Walgreen's

3 - Gillette Body Wash (on sale 3/10.00)
   * received 1000 points for buying 3 (2.50)
   - used (3) 2.00 off coupons

3 - Gillette Deodorant (4.99 each, B1G1 50% off)
   - used (3) B Body Wash G Deodorant FREE coupons

1 - Dove Deodorant (on sale 3.99)
   * received 3.00 RR

   - used 5.00 Walgreen's Points

Walgreen's Total:  $.49 (estimated savings $27.94 - or 98.3%) and have 3.00 Register Rewards

Safeway

5 - Sobe (on sale .79 each)
   - used 1.50 off 5 coupon

3 - Reynolds Foil (on sale 2.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons

3 - Tropicana 50 (on sale for 1.99 each)
   - used 2.00 off 3 coupon

1 - Gallon of Milk (on sale 2.49)

1 - French Bread (on sale .79)

1 - Franz Bread (3.29)

2 - Oscar Mayer Carving Board Lunch Meats (on sale 2.49 each w/in-ad coupon)

3 - Corn (on sale 3/1.00)

1 - Carefree Sample (free w/club card)

Safeway Total:  $21.63 (estimated savings $32.42 - or  60%)

Week 7 (so far):  $47.02 (estimated savings $114.99 - or 71%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:
Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $3.38 (+ another 3.97 if you count the Orange Juice?)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $12.66 (valued at $25.34)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $47.02
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $618.81
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $22.17
Total Savings (weekly): $114.99
Total Savings (quarter): $878.54
Money added to Walmart Card: $20 (Running Total on Card:  $40.00)

Week 6 Total: $55.77 (but I didn't meet my fruit/vegetable or meat goals)

So the only other place I made it to last week was Walgreen's.  Here's what I picked up:

3 - Carefree 20ct (on sale for .99)
   - used (3) .99 off coupons

1 - SunBurnt Gel (on sale for 3.99)
   * submitting 3.99 mail-in rebate

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale 9.99)
   - used 4.00 off coupon
   * received 5.00 RR

   - used 5.00 Walgreen's Points

Walgreen's Total:  $4.98 (estimated savings $10.47 - or 67.8%) and have $5.00 Register Reward.

Week 6 Total:  $55.77 (estimated savings $29.47 - or 34.6% ... not a very good week)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:

Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $
Meat ($15/wk goal): $
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $55.77
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $571.79
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $21.68
Total Savings (weekly): $29.47
Total Savings (quarter): $763.55
Money added to Walmart Card: $20 (Running Total on Card:  $40.00)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Week 6 - $50.79 so far

We started shopping this week, but haven't really did all the matchups yet ... we had Mothers Day and Todd's Birthday this weekend ... so we only really made it to Fred Meyers (Founders Day Sale) and a quick Walmart stop.

Fred Meyer

3 - Kelloggs Pop Tarts - big boxes (3/5.00 w/in-ad coupon)

4 - 12pk Pepsi (4/$10.00 w/in-ad coupon)

4 - Doritos (2/3.00 w/in-ad coupon)

6 - lunchables for Easton (on sale 1.00 each)

2 - Salad Kits (B1G1 Free - 2.98)

3 - TreeTop Apple Juice (3/5.00 w/in-ad coupon)

3 - Ocean Spray Juice (3/5.00 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Franz Bread (3.19 - Todd needed for lunches and we haven't made it anywhere else yet)

2 - Lunch Meat packs (3/5.00)

Fred Meyer Total:  48.91 (estimated savings 13.00 - or 21%)

Walmart

4 - Mr Clean Magic Erasers - twin pack (1.97 each)
   - used (4) 1.50 off coupons

Walmart Total:  $1.88 (estimated savings $6.00 - or 76.1%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $
Meat ($15/wk goal): $
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $50.79
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $566.81
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $16.70
Total Savings (weekly): $19.00
Total Savings (quarter): $753.08
Money added to Walmart Card: $20 (Running Total on Card:  $40.00)

Week 5 - $124.47 (Overbudget again ... something needs to change!)

Safeway

2 - Mission Soft Taco Shells (.99 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Gold Medal Flour (5.69 - we were out!)

2 - Ore-Ida French Fries (1.99 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Gallon of Milk (2.99)

2 - Freschetta Pizzas (3.99 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - Franz White Bread (on sale 2.39)

6 - Chicken Kabobs w/veggies (on sale 5.99/lb - 17.79)

1 - 1/2 lb Shrimp (2.59)

1 - Crab Rangoons (on sale 5.99)

1 - Cantaloupe (1.99)

1 - Iceberg Lettuce (1.18)

3 - Cloves Garlic (3/.99)

1 - Caesar Salad Kit (on sale 2.50)

   - used Safeway Doubles (1.00)
   - used 2 Hallmark Catalina's (5.00 each)
   - used additional Hallmark Catalina (4.00)

Safeway Total:  $43.03 (estimated savings $40.06 - or 48.2%)

Walgreen's

Transaction #1

1 - Noxema Disposable Razor (on sale 3.99)
   * buy 1 get 1000 pts (or 2.50)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Renpure Miracle Hair Conditioner (on sale 5.99)
   * mail in rebate for 6.99

1 - Gum Eez Flossers (on sale for 2.00)
   * buy 1 get 800 pts (or 2.00)

1 - Gillette Fusion Power Razor (10.99)
   * buy 1 get 4.00 RR
    - used 4.00 off coupon

   - used 5.00 RR from week #3
   - used Nexcare Bandage Rebate (10.47)

Transaction #1 Total:  $1.50 (estimated savings $13.99 - or 90.3%) plus have $4 in RR and 1800 pts on my rewards card.

Transaction #2

2 - Neosporin Ointment .5 oz (B1G1 1/2 off - 5.49)

1 - Johnson & Johnson First Aid Kit w/$15 coupons inside (4.99)
   - received it free w/purchase of 2 Participating Products (neosporin)

1 - Gum Eez Flosser (on sale for 2.00)
   * buy 1 get 800 pts (or 2.00)

1 - Noxema Disposable Razor (on sale 3.99)
   * buy 1 get 1000 pts (or 2.50)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

   - used $4.00 RR from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  $8.22 (estimated savings $15.73 - or 65.7%) and 1800 pts on my rewards card.

Walgreen's Total:  $9.72 (estimated $29.72 - or 75.4%) and have 3600 pts on my rewards cards

Rite Aid

Transaction #1

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale 9.99)
   * buy 1 get 5.00 +Up
   - used 4.00 off coupon

Transaction #1 Total:  $5.99 (estimated savings $5.30 - or 46.9%) and received $5.00 +Up

Transaction #2

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale 9.99)
   * buy 1 get 5.00 +Up
   - used 4.00 off coupon
   - used 5.00 +Up from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  .99 (estimated savings 10.30 - or 91.2%) and have $5.00 +Up for next week

Rite Aid Total:  $6.98 (estimated savings 15.60 - or 69.1%) and have $5.00 +Up for next week

Fred Meyer

3 - Fruitables Juice Drinks (on sale 2/4.00)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons

Fred Meyer Total:  $3.00 (estimated savings $3.00 - or 50%)

Week #5 Total:  $124.47 (estimated savings $166.00 - or 57.1%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $18.78
Meat ($15/wk goal): $14.85
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $124.47
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $516.02
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $16.70
Total Savings (weekly): $166.00
Total Savings (quarter): $734.08
Money added to Walmart Card: $20 (the boys were crabby and I forgot to add money to it!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Week 5 - $61.74 ... but I still have Safeways and maybe a Drug Store?

We have started our weekly shopping, however we did not get it all completed (Easton and Todd started to get cranky so we had to come home!)  Here is what I managed to get:

Albertsons

Transaction #1:

2 - Charmin Ultra Bath Tissue (5.99 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Always (on sale 4.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Cascade Dishwasher Liquid - 75 oz (on sale 4.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (3.00)
   - used (2) 2.00 Catalina's from last week
   * received $5 Catalina and 5 Red Box codes for purchasing $20+ in Proctor & Gamble Products

Transaction #1 Total:  $10.96 (estimated savings $21.00 - or 65.7%) and have $5 Catalina and 5 Red Box Codes

Transaction #2:

15 - Kool Aid Packets (on sale for .10 each)
     - used B10G5 Free coupon

1 - Tostitos Chips (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Tostitos Dip (on sale 2.50)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Pepsi Max (2 liter)
   - used FREE Pepsi Max when you buy Tostitos Chips and Dip coupon

1 - Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles (on sale 1.00)
   - used .50 off coupon

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (3.00)

Transaction #2 Total:  $1.40 (estimated savings $14.25 - or 91.1%)

Transaction #3:

3 - Maruchan Yakisoba Noodles (on sale 1.00)
   - used (3) .50 off coupons

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (1.50)

Transaction #3 Total:  $0 (estimated savings $3.87 - or 100%)

Albertsons Total:  $12.36 (estimated savings $39.12 - or 76%) and still have $5 Catalina for next week.

Fred Meyers

6 - Purex Laundry Detergent (reg. 5.99 each on sale for 1.99 each)
   - used (6) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Lemons (on sale 2/1.00)

2 - White Onions (.59/lb - .96)

5 - Bananas (.54/lb - 1.26)

2 - Cow Pals String Cheese (2/5.00 w/in-ad coupon)

6 - Nestle Candy Bars (3/1.00 w/in-ad coupon - limit 6)
   - used (3) .50 off 2 coupons ... works out to .08 each :)

Fred Meyer Total: $15.66 (estimated savings $33.50 - or 68.1%)

Walmart

2 - Reach Floss (.88 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

2 - 24 pack Pepsi (6.58 each)
   - used 2.00 off 2 coupon

2 - Figo String Cheese (.33 each)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

6 - Buddig Lunch Meat (.56 each)
2 - Old El Paso Taco Shells (1.00 each)

2 - Walmart Brand Marinades (1.42 each)

Walmart Total:  $21.18 (estimated savings $5.00 - or 19.1%)

So this weekend we stopped by Safeway and picked up cards (they were having a great deal!).  I wasn't going to post it but then realized the Catalina's that I earned were going to come off my grocery budget ... and in return I need to the count the money I spent in my budget, so here's this weekends transactions:

Transaction #1:

2 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 each)
1 - Hallmark Card (2.59)
   * get $5 Catalina when you buy 3 cards

Transaction #1 Total:  $6.57 ... and received the $5.00 Catalina

Transaction #2:

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 each)
   * get $5 Catalina when you buy 3 cards
   * get an additional $4 Catalina when you bought 6 cards between 4-30 and 5-1

Transaction #2 Total:  $5.97 ... and received the $5.00 and $4.00 Catalina's

Safeway Total:  $12.54 spent for 6 cards and received $14.00 in Catalina's.  That's a pretty good deal!

Week 5 Total (so far):  $61.74 (estimated savings $77.62 - or 55.7%) and have $5 Catalina for Albertsons and $14 in Catalina's for Safeway.

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:

Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $4.22
Meat ($15/wk goal): $3.36
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $61.74 (still have Safeway and Drug Store)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $453.29
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $
Total Savings (weekly): $77.62
Total Savings (quarter): $645.70
Money added to Walmart Card: $20 (the boys were crabby and I forgot to add money to it!)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Week 4 --- ($78.48 ... I might still have a drugstore to visit?)

Well, this week wasn't a big stock up week.  Most of the deals out there were pretty generic (other than chocolate chips - best price we will see until the fall!)  We did add to our stock pile this week (always great to add 4 more containers of laundry soap for a good price) and we will be eating steak one night this week (which we haven't had NY steaks in a long time!)

Albertsons

2 - Wisk Laundry Detergent (on sale for 5.99 each)
   - used (2) 2.00 off coupons
   * received (2) 2.00 Catalina's for my next purchase

10 - Propel Zero (on sale for 1.00 each)
     - received 5.00 instant savings for buying 10
     - used (5) 1.00 off 2 coupons

6 - Nestle Morsels (on sale for 2.29 each)
2 - Dole Pineapple (on sale 1.29 each)
2 - Dole Mandarin (on sale 1.29 each)
   - received 5.00 instant savings for buying 10 (mix and match)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 2 Nestle coupons

2 - NY Steaks (on sale for 6.99/lb - 13.70)

Albertsons Total:  $33.08 (estimated savings $44.32 - or 57.3%) and still have (2) 2.00 Catalina's for next week.

Fred Meyer

1 - Franz Bread (on sale for 2.00)

2 - Oreo Cookie Snack Packs (on sale for 1.00 each)

1 - Herbal Essence Shampoo (on sale for 2.69)
1 - Herbal Essence Conditioner (on sale for 2.69)
2 - Herbal Essence Mousse (on sale for 2.69)
   - used 1.00 off 2 Herbal Essence coupon
   - used (2) Buy Herbal Essence Shampoo/Cond Get Styler FREE coupons

2 - Ricola Cough Drops (on sale 1.00 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

1 - Bunch of Bananas (.54/lb - 1.03)

4 - Apples (on sale for .78/lb - 1.59)

1 - Bag of Red Potatoes (2.79)

Fred Meyer Total: $14.79 (estimated savings $8.76 - or 37.2%)


Safeway

4 - Nabisco Wheat Thin Sticks (on sale 1.88)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

2 - All w/Oxy Detergent (on sale 3.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.50 off coupons

2 - Digiorno Pizzas (on sale 4.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Loaf of Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - Crab Rangoons (7.99)

1 - Head of Lettuce (1.18)

1 - 10lb bag Potatoes (2.98)

1 - Salad Kit (on sale for 1.99)

2 - Croutons (on sale for 1.00 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon (peelie on bag)

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $30.61 (estimated savings $28.94 - or 48.6%)

Week 4 Total:  $78.48 (estimated savings $82.02 - or 51.1%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $11.56 (valued at $12.86)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.70 spent (valued at $17.62)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $78.48 (under budget unless I hit a drug store?)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $391.55
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $50.80
Total Savings (weekly): $82.02
Total Savings (quarter): $568.08
Money added to Walmart Card: $20

Monday, April 25, 2011

Saturday Early Bird Special at Fred Meyers (glad they consider early until 1pm!)

Fred Meyer had a pretty good sale this weekend and I think I picked up quite a bit (at some great discounts).  Here's the deals I got:

Board Games (B2 G1 FREE)
  *PLUS there was an online coupon for 25% off

1 - Candy Land (8.99)
   - used 25% off (saved 2.25)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Chutes and Ladders (8.99)
   - used 25% off (saved 2.25)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Go Fish Game (7.99)
   - FREE

So my total for 3 board games was $9.48 (originally $25.97)

V-tech Mobigo

1 - Toy Story 3 game (19.99)
   * on sale for 13.99
   - used additional 10% off (saved 1.40)

Clothes

1 - Dark Brown Men's Carhart Pants (49.99)
   * on sale for 39.99
   - used $10 off $39.99+ Carhart Men's/Woman's Clothes purchase
   - used additional 25% off (saved 10.00)

1 - 3T Carhart Bib Shorts (26.00)
   * on sale for 20.80
   - used additional 25% off (saved 5.20)

1 - 3T Oshkosh Jean Shorts (22.00)
   * on sale for 13.20
    - used additional 25% off (saved 3.30)

2 - 3T Oshkosh Shirts (14.00)
   * on sale for 8.40 each
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.10 each)

1 - 3T Oshkosh Plaid Shorts (18.00)
   * on sale for 10.80
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.70)

1 - 3T Toy Story Swim Trunks (16.00)
   * on sale for 9.60
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.40)

1 - 3T Hibiscus Swim Trunks (16.00)
   * on sale for 7.99
   - used additional 25% off (saved 2.00)

I think overall I got a good start to summer clothes shopping for Easton and its always nice to stick away a GOOD/NEW pair of Carhart pants for the hubby (especially when something comes up and we have to go somewhere that I would prefer him not wear old/burnt up pants).

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Stopped at Walmart yesterday!

So, Easton and I had to run to town yesterday afternoon to pick up my paycheck ... so we decided to stop by Walmart and see what we could pick up.  Here's what we got:

Non-Budget Items:

Classic Wood Hangman Magnetic Game (regularly $10 on clearance for $4 ... will put away for when Easton is older)

Sesame Street Fizzy Tub Colors (.98 - Easton wanted them for his bath)

Budget Items:

5 - Frigo String Cheese, individuals (.33 each)
   - used (5) .50 off coupons

3 - Bic Sensitive Disposable Razor Packs, 12 + 6 bonus (2.57 each)
   - used (3) 2.00 off coupons

1 - Bic Silky Touch Disposable Razor Pack, 10 + 4 bonus (2.94)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Vaseline Hand Lotion, travel size (1.47)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Total Spent:  $7.25 (2.27 for budget items) and estimated savings of $17.50 (13.50 for budget items - or 85.6%)

*I did add $20 to a Walmart card for Black Friday shopping also.



***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:
Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.15 (valued at $29.02)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.81 spent (valued at $21.23)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $95.99 (finally under budget!)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $313.07
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $50.80
Total Savings (weekly): $219.22
Total Savings (quarter): $486.06
Money added to Walmart Card: $20

Monday, April 18, 2011

Week 3 --- $93.72 (Finally under budget!)

I think we got some good deals this week.   Here's what we bought:

Rite Aid

4 - Nivea For Men Body Wash (on sale 3.99 each)
   - used (4) 3.00 off coupons
   * received 5+Up for $15+ Nivea Purchase

1 - Sesame Street Toothbrush (3.29) ... all I can say is ouch!  I need to watch for sales and stock up on kiddo toothbrushes.

   - used $3.00 off $15.00 purchase Survey Coupon

Rite Aid Total:  $4.25 (estimated savings $21.00 - or 83.2%) and have $5 +Up for future purchase.

Albertsons

Transaction #1

4 - Captain Crunch Cereals (on sale 2.25)
   - used (4) .50 off coupons
   - received Quaker $3 instant savings for buying 4

2 - Tropicana Orange Juice (on sale 2/5.00)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (2.50)
   - used (3) 1.00 Catalina's from last week

Transaction #1 Total:  $1.50 (estimated savings $26.84 - or 94.7%)

Transaction #2

2 - Bisquick (on sale 1.50)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

4 - Del Monte Green Beans (on sale .50)

4 - Oreo's Fudge Dip Cookies (on sale 2.49)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

10 - Quaker Granola Bars (on sale 1.99)
     - used (3) .75 off 2 coupons
     - received $5.00 instant savings for buying 10

1 - Gallon Whole Milk (3.59)
   - used Free Milk Catalina from 2 weeks ago cereal sale

   - used (3) Twice the Value Coupons (3.00)
   - used 5.00 Catalina from last week
   - used 1.00 Catalina from last week

Transaction #2 Total:  $13.61 (estimated savings $52.78 - or 79.5%)

Albertsons Total:  $15.11 (estimated savings $79.62 - or 84%)

Fred Meyer

3 - 18 pack eggs (on sale 3/$5 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Bunch of Celery (.78/lb - 1.49)

2 - Cool Whip (.99)

2 - All Detergent (on sale 2/$7 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Farmland Bacon (on sale 2/$7 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

3 - Wheat Thins (on sale 3/$5 w/in-ad coupon)

   - used .50 e-coupon Super Savings

Fred Meyer Total:  $27.97 (estimated savings $10.78 - or 27.8%)

Walgreen's

Transaction #1

2 - Huggies Pull-ups (on sale 8.99)
   - used (2) 1.50 off coupons
1 - Huggies Wipes (on sale 5.99)
   - used .50 off coupon
   * received 5.00 Register Rewards for purchasing $20+ Huggies products

1 - Russell Stover Candy (on sale .39)
   - used 2.00 off Register Rewards (from 2 weeks ago)

Transaction #1 Total:  $18.86 (estimated savings $10.70 - or 36.2%) and have the $5.00 Register Reward

Transaction #2

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale 9.99)
   - used 5.00 off coupon
   * received 4.00 Register Rewards

1 - Russell Stover Candy (on sale .39)
   - used 5.00 Register Reward from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  $.38 (estimated savings $11.20 - or 96.7%) and have the $4.00 Register Reward

Transaction #3

2 - Osteo Bi-Flex (B1G1 Free - 19.99)
   - used (2) 6.00 off coupons

Transaction #3 Total:  $7.99 (estimated savings $31.99 - or 80%)

Walgreen's Total:  $27.23 (estimated savings $53.89 - or 66.4%) and still have the $4.00 Register Rewards for next week.

Safeway

Transaction #1

2 - Reynolds Foil (on sale 2.49 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) .75 off coupons

2 - Fresh Express Salad (on sale 1.00)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Transaction #1 Total:  $2.48 (estimated savings $11.49 - or 82.2%)

Transaction #2

1 - Milano Cookies (on sale 1.99 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used .50 off coupon

2 - Kens Salad Dressing (B1G1 Free - 3.99)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - McCormick Pure Vanilla (on sale 50% off - 3.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

2 - Lucerne Cream Cheese (on sale 2/3.00)

1 - Hot Dog Buns (1.49)

6 - Buddig Lunch Meat (on sale .50)
   - used .75 off 4 coupon

1 - Whole Chicken (on sale .89/lb - 3.81)

1 - Bunch Red Grapes (on sale .99/lb - 1.66)

1 - 1 lb Baby Carrots (on sale 1.00)

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)
   - Misc. coupon deducted from total? (1.00)

Transaction #2 Total:  $16.68 (estimated savings $28.94 - or 63.4%)

Safeway Total:  $19.16 (estimated savings $40.43 - or 67.8%)

Week 3 Total:  $93.72 (estimated savings $205.72 - or 68.7%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.15 (valued at $29.02)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.81 spent (valued at $21.23)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $93.72 (finally under budget!)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200):  $310.80
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $50.80
Total Savings (weekly): $205.72
Total Savings (quarter): $472.56
Money added to Walmart Card: *** looks like I need to make a Walmart trip pretty soon ... or it won't have any money on it before Black Friday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Week 2 --- ($102.63)

So, I went over budget again this week, I guess I really need to start watching a little closer and start cutting down on my spending ... but here's what I got.

Albertsons

10 - Fuze Vitamin Drinks (on sale for 1.00 each)
     - received 5.00 instant savings for buying 10
     - used (5) 1.00 off 2 coupons

2 - Bounty Basic Paper Towels - 8 pk (on sale for 4.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   * received (2) 1.00 Catalina

2 - Danimals Yogurts (on sale for 1.59 - I thought they were all 2.00?)
2 - Danimals Yogurts (on sale for 2.00)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons
   * received (2) 1.00 Catalina

1 - Gallon Whole Milk (3.59)
   - used FREE milk Catalina from cereal last week

1 - Huggies Pull-Ups Case (on sale for 19.99)
   - used 1.50 off coupon
   * received 5.00 Catalina

   - used 2.00 off 25.00 purchase (found on-line)

Albertsons Total:  $27.65 (estimated savings 40.67 - or 59.5%) and have $9.00 worth of Catalina's for next week.

Fred Meyer

5 - Barilla Pasta (on sale 10/10.00)

2 - Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kits (B1G1 Free - 2.98)
   - used (2) .50 off coupons

1 - Whole Chicken (.99/lb - 5.66)

2 - White Onions (.69/lb - 1.06)

4 - Gala Applies (.78/lb - 1.09)

2 - Snapple Peach Tea - 6 pks (on sale 4.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   * Submitted mail in rebate for 9.98 (sent to my parents)

9 - Birdseye Steam Vegetables (10/10.00)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 3 coupons

6 - Bananas (.54/lb - 1.34)

Fred Meyer Total:  $30.11 (estimated savings 6.00 - or 16.6%) + mail in rebate

Safeway

Transaction 1 (Todd)

4 - Toll House Morsels (on sale 1.89 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 2 coupons

2 - Herbal Essence Shampoo (on sale 2.99 each)
2 - Herbal Essence Conditioner (on sale 2.99 each)
   - used (2) B1G1 Free coupons (took off 8.58)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Transaction 1 Total:  $3.94 (estimated savings $25.59 - or 86.7%)

Transaction 2 (Melissa)

1 - Lucerne String Cheese (2.99 w/in-ad coupon)

1 - Gold 'n Soft Margarine (on sale .99)

3 - Freschetta Pizzas (3.99 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (3) .00 off coupons
   - used 1.00 e-coupon

1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - Twinkies (1.99 w/in-ad coupon)

2 - Franz Bread (B1G1 Free - 3.19)

2 - Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs (on sale 1.99)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Buddig Lunch Meat Packs (on sale .50 each)
   - used .75 off 4 coupon

1 - Beef Top Round Roast (1.99/lb - 7.60)

1 - Crab Rangoons (7.99)

1 - Buitoni Spicy Beef Pasta (4.99)

   - used Safeway Double (2.00)

Transaction 2 Total:  $40.93 (estimated savings $38.70 - or 48.6%)

Safeway Total:  $44.87 (estimated savings $64.29 - or 58.9%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $11.47
Meat ($15/wk goal): $15.24
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $102.63 ($2.63 over this week - but mailed in Snapple Rebates totaling: $9.98)
Quarterly Spending (less than $1300 is goal - prefer $1200): $217.08
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $110.96
Total Savings (quarter): $266.84
Money added to Walmart Card:

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Well I added one more shopping trip in Week 1 - New Total: $114.45

We ran to town on Thursday and I decided to make a stop at Fred Meyers, here's what I picked up:

8 - Oral B Advantage Toothbrushes (2.59 each)
   - used (4) B1G1 Free coupons
   - used (4) 2.00 off coupons
   - used 2.00 off e-coupon

2 - Snapple Peach Tea - 6 pks (on sale 4.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   - used .55 off e-coupon
   * Submitted mail in rebate for 9.98

Total:  $7.84 (estimated savings $20.36 - or 72.2%) + mail in rebate.

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:
Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.76 spent (valued at $16.51)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.94 spent (valued at $31.64)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $114.45 ($14.45 over this week - but mailed in Snapple Rebates totaling: $9.98)
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $155.88
Total Savings (quarter): $155.88
Money added to Walmart Card:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Week 1 --- Total: $106.61 (and don't forget to watch Extreme Couponing tomorrow night at 6pm on TLC)

Today we finally made it to into town and finished our weeks grocery shopping.

Safeway

18 - Mars Candy Bars (B2G2 Free - .89 each)
     - used (2) B2G1 Free M&M coupons

1 - Huggies Baby Wipes (on sale for 5.49)
   - used .50 off coupon

2 - Franz White Bread (B1G1 Free - 3.19 each)

2 - Oscar Mayer Carving Board Lunch Meat (B1G1 Free - 4.99)
   - used 1.00 off e-coupon

1 - London Broil Value Pack (on sale 2.29/lb - 9.94)

1 - Crab Ragoons (7.99)

4 - Bananas (.64/lb - 1.08)

1 - Head of Lettuce (on sale for 1.28)

1 - Celery (1.99)

5 - Fuji Apples (on sale for .78/lb - 1.64)

1 - Baby Carrots (1.99)

2 - Bags of Croutons (on sale 1.00 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon (found on the bag of croutons)

   - used Safeway Doubles (1.00)

Safeway Total:  $45.20 (estimated savings $38.53 - or 46%)

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:

Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): $10.76 spent (valued at $16.51)
Meat ($15/wk goal): $13.94 spent (valued at $31.64)
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $106.61 ($6.61 over this week)
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $135.52
Total Savings (quarter): $135.52
Money added to Walmart Card:

My last thoughts for tonight are be sure and catch Extreme Couponing tomorrow night (Wednesday) at 6pm on TLC ... I can't wait ... we will see how well I sleep tonight ... its like waiting for Santa Claus as a child!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Week 1 - the start of the second quarter and new goals

So ... my "second quarter" is starting today will all my goals stated in the previous post.  I got a little of my shopping done today, however, I still need to make a Safeway run (tried to squeeze it in today, but with all of us still on the sickly side we decided we would tackle that store later).  Here's what I've picked up so far:

Winco

1- Nabisco Saltine Crackers (on sale w/coupon for .78)
1 - MD Toilet Paper (on sale w/coupon for 3.98)
1 - 10 lb bag of potatoes (on sale for .78)
1 - Kosher Baby Dill Pickles (2.08)
1 - Mrs. Buttersworth Syrup (2.46)
2 - McCormick Brown Gravy Packets (.52 each)
2 - Idahoan Garlic Mashed Potatoes (.78 each)
1 - Heinz Ketchup (1.98)
2 - Cocoa Pebbles (on sale w/coupon for 1.48 each)
   * I'm sure most of you wonder why I buy so much sugary crappy cereal for my 2 year old, just to ease your mind its for my 34 year old husband!

Winco Total:  $17.62 (estimated savings $2.90 - or 14.1%)

Rite Aid (first time shopping here - the employees were SOOOO nice!)

Transaction 1

2 - Scrunchie Elastic Rubber Bands (on sale for 1.99)

Transaction 1 Total:  $3.98 (estimated savings $4.60 - or 53.6%), received (2) $1.99 +Up (which is a coupon off your next purchase)

Transaction 2

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale for 9.99)
   - used 5.00 off coupon
   - used (2) 1.99 +Up Rewards from Transaction #1

Transaction 2 Total:  $1.01 (estimated savings $10.28 - or 91.1%), received $5.00 +Up

Transaction 3

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale for 9.99)
   - used 3.00 off coupon
   - used 5.00 +Up Rewards from Transaction #2

Transaction 3 Total:  $1.99 (estimated savings $9.30 - or 82.4%), received $5.00 +Up

Rite Aid Total:  $6.98 (estimated savings $24.18 - or 77.6%) and still have $5 +Up for next week

Albertsons

2 - Rice Krispies (on sale 3/$5)
1 - Corn Flakes (on sale 3/$5)
3 - Frosted Flakes (on sale 3/$5)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 2 Kellogg's cereal coupons
   - used (3) Albertsons Double coupons (3.00)
1 - Bag of M&M
   - used peelie coupon for FREE M&M w/purchase of 2 Rice Krispies

Albertson Total:  $4.00 (estimated savings $28.03 - or 87.5%) and received (2) FREE gallon of milk Catalina's for my next purchase.

Fred Meyer

1 - Pull-ups (9.99)
   - used 1.50 off coupon

1 - Always (on sale for 4.99)
   - used 2.00 off e-coupon
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Green Leaf Lettuce (on sale 5 for 5.00)

1 - Romaine Lettuce (on sale 5 for 5.00)

2 - French Bread loaves (on sale 2 for 3.00)

4 - Halls Cough Drops (on sale 5 for 5.00)
   - used (4) .75 off coupons

1 - Flintstones Vitamins (on sale for 4.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Fred Meyer Total:  20.47 (estimated savings $8.50 - or 29.3%)

Walgreen's

4 - Purex Laundry Soap 50 oz (on sale for 1.99 each)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Wonka Carmel Candy Bags (2/$6.00)
   - 1.00 off store-coupon
   - (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Xtreme 3 Razor 4pk (on sale 6.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Scott's Natural 6 roll Paper Towels (5.00)
   - 1.00 off store-coupon
   - 1.00 off coupon

1 - Cadbury Mini Eggs (on sale for .39)

   - used 4.00 Register Reward from previous

Walgreen's Total:  $12.34 (estimated savings $33.38 - or 73%), received $2 RR from razors for next week.

***CURRENT RUNNING TOTALS:

Fruit/Vegetables ($15/wk goal): 2.78
Meat ($15/wk goal):
Weekly spending (less than $100/wk goal): $61.41
Walgreen's/Rite Aid (less than $60/month goal): $19.32

Total Savings (weekly): $96.99
Total Savings (quarter): $96.99
Money added to Walmart Card:

Friday, April 1, 2011

Second Quarter Goals

As I have been sick most of the week (and THANKFUL for my stockpile of tissues, cough medication, cough drops, children's medications, and food - for Todd, since he is really the only one eating!!!), I have found myself thinking about setting some additional goals for my Second Quarter of Savings ... at first I just made a list for myself ... but I know that if I post in online I will feel more obligated to reach for them.

So, since its 10:35pm on Friday night and I'm unable to sleep, here they are:

* Do NOT spend over $1300, would prefer to spend under $1200 or less ($92.30/wk) on groceries, cleaning supplies, and hygiene products.
* Spend at least $15 of my weekly budget on fruits and vegetables.
* Spend at least $15 of my weekly budget on meat (chicken, beef, pork, etc) - I know we have deer and elk meat in the freezer but I really think that I need to dedicate a dollar amount to strive for.
* Spend less than $60/month at Walgreen's (you can easily get "sucked in" to the good deals ... I need to be able to step away!)
* Keep adding to our stockpile (which is nice to be able to share)
* In addition to my regular budget I want to add $5 - $10 dollars to a Walmart gift card every time we shop there - to be used at Christmas time (I saw this on-line and thought it was a great idea, if I shop there weekly I should have around $330 (at $10 a week) by Black Friday!) ... if you steal this idea it was actually on a post I saw over at http://www.iheartthemart.com/ .

On top of my financial goals for the second quarter, I also made some additional goals for myself ... if your interested:

* Bake bread at least weekly
* Bake or make a dessert at least weekly
* Try at least one new recipe each month
* Plan on hitting garage sales at least once a month (haven't set a budget for this yet - it will probably be $20-50 or so a month ... maybe more ... I'll have to put some thought into that)

I also came up with some household goals:

* Get Heat pump looked at/fixed (depending on money) --- and just so no one is wondering we are not freezing we also have wood heat that we have been using for the last month or so.
* Get flowers planted (calla lilies, day lilies, and sunpatients)
* Get chicken coop set up (only another 5-7 weeks and our babies will be ready to go outside)
* Get Kia's kennel relocated, get mats for the bottom of her kennel - she currently has a hug mud pit going, and a new dog house ***actually Todd did move her kennel this week and she got the mats, but she still needs the dog house.
* Have Todd fix the wooden front porch (some of the boards are rotting)
* Have Todd paint the metal railings that he installed.

So, now you all know what my goals are for the next 13 weeks!  I hope that we get some spring weather soon and that we can start enjoying our country living and get some of our goals accomplished.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

First Quarter in Review

So, my first quarter of coupon shopping is over!  I have learned quite a few things along the way ... mostly the time that you put into it you get back with profit!  I don't feel that I did as well as I could of, and next quarter I hope to stay under my alotted $1300 ... maybe even shoot for the 2nd Quarter goal as $1200!  But, here are the numbers for the first 13 weeks and I am excited to see how much more I can save in the next 13!

Week              Spent                   Savings             Percent
1                    114.42                     54.74               32.4%
2                    124.70                     85.68               40.7%
3                     98.81                      67.05               40.4%
4                    100.43                   160.66               61.5%
5                    125.89                   177.08               58.4%
6                    110.92                   124.10               52.8%
7                     75.69                      85.79               53.1%
8                     61.76                      71.43               53.6%
9                    131.67                    131.47              50.0%
10                   99.81                     144.63              59.2%
11                   84.35                     113.66              57.4%
12                  117.41                    127.90              52.1%
13                  137.87                    115.85              45.7%

Total:            1383.73                  1460.02              51.3%

So ... I guess after seeing the numbers I was only 83.73 over my first quarter budget which isn't really that bad (6.4%).

Week 13 --- $137.87 (way over my weekly limit ... hopefully next quarter goes better).

Well, this is the last week of the first quarter.  I know that I ended up overspending this week, as I was rushed to put together my list with Easton being sick.  But, here's what I bought:

Fred Meyer

5 - Bananas (.54/lb - 1.23)

1 - Bunch of Green Onions (on sale for .50 each)

2 - Bunches of Radishes (on sale for .50 each)

2 - White Onions (.69/lb - 1.06)

2 - Dole Strawberry-Orange-Banana Juice (on sale 2/$5)

2 - Dole Fruit Cups 4pks (on sale 2/$4)
   - used .50 off coupon

2 - Nesle Nesteggs (on sale w/in-ad coupon 2/$5)

3 - Minneola Tangelos (on sale .88/lb - 1.29)

5 - Fuji Apples (on sale .88/lb - 1.79)

3 - Anjou Pears (on sale .88/lb - 1.75)

Fred Meyers Total:  22.12 (estimated $1.50 in savings - or 6.4%)

Walgreen's:

1 - One A Day Women Multi-Vitamin (6.00)
   - used 3.00 rain check from RR that didn't print a few weeks ago
   - used 2.00 off coupon

2 - Colgate 360 Toothbrushes (was suppose to be 2/$6 w/$4 RR, however it wouldn't ring up that way so the manager just rang them in for $1.00 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Gain Dish 11oz (on sale for .89 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Edge Shaving Cream (on sale 2/$4)
   - used (2) .55 off coupons
   * received $2 RR

2 - Schick Hydro Shave Gel (on sale B1G1 Free - 3.79 each)
   - used (2) .75 off coupons

1 - Bayer Low Dose 200 ct (on sale for 6.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Walgreen's Total:  $13.96 (estimated 24.75 in savings - or 64%) and still have $2 RR for next week.

Walmart:

1 - Gallon of Milk (2.38)

1 - Franz Bread (2.24)

1 - Precious String Cheese 16oz (4.37)

15 - Packets of Kool-Aid (.20 each)
     - used B10G5 Free coupon

3 - MiO Water Flavor - new product that Todd wanted to try (3.48 each)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Travel First Aid Kits (.97 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

4 - Deli Lunch Meat Packets (.56 each)

2 - Instant Mashed Potatoes (.88 each)

1 - Lemon-Pepper Marinade (1.68)

1 - Loaf of French Bread (1.00)

Walmart Total:  $26.05 (estimated $5.00 in savings or 16.1%)

Safeway:

5 - Pepsi 12pks (B2G3 Free - 6.99 each + deposit)

4 - BC Supreme Brownie Mix (on sale for 2/4.00)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Lays Potato Chips (on sale for 2.49 each)
   - used (2) .55 off coupons

3 - Doritos (on sale 3/5.00)

3 - Poptarts (on sale 1.99 each)
   - used 1.00 off 3 coupon

2 - Wish Bone Italian Dressing (on sale w/in-ad coupon .99)

4 - Franks Red Hot Sauce (2.89 each)
   - used (4) Free Coupons

1 - 18ct Eggs (on sale for 2.50)

2 - Febreze Air Effects (on sale 1.99 each)
   - used 1.00 off e-coupon
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - 409 Lemon (on sale 1.99)
   - used .50 off coupon

2 - Hostess Ding Dongs (on sale w/in-ad coupon 1.99 each)

1 - Beef Top Round Roast (on sale for 11.05)

1 - FF Chicken Garlic (5.81)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Crab Ragoons (on sale 6.99)

3 - Navel Oranges (on sale .68/lb - 1.58)

1 - Bag of Green Grapes (on sale 1.28/lb - 2.55)

2 - Caesar Salad Kits (on sale 2/5.00)

   - used Safeway Double (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $75.74 (estimated $84.60 in savings - or 52.8%)

Week 13 Total:  $137.87 (estimated $115.85 in savings - or 45.7%)

Week 12 --- $117.41

Fred Meyer:

1 - Carton of Strawberries (on sale 1.50)

1 - Cantaloupe (.58/lb - 1.91)

1 - Bunch of Red Grapes (1.68/lb - 4.03)

1 - Franz Bread (2.50)

2 - Deli Style Lunchmeat (2/6.00)
   - used (2) .55 off coupons

1 - Bakery Baguette (on sale w/in-ad coupon .99)

1 - Loaf Italian Bread (1.50)

10 - Tillamook Shredded Cheese (on sale w/in-ad coupon 1.00)

10 - Candy Bars (on sale for .40 each)

3 - Langers Juice (on sale w/in-ad coupon 3/5.00)

Fred Meyers Total:  $36.33 (estimated $25.30 in savings - or 41.1%)

Safeways:

4 - Cheetos/Fritos (on sale 1.49 each)

2 - Instant Mashed Potatoes (1.13 each)

15 - Gatorade (on sale 1.00 each - also B10G5 Free)

4 - Brown Gravy Mix (.99 each)

3 - McCormick Grinders (on sale 2.00 each)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Top Ramen -6 pk? (3.98)

1 - Soft Taco Shells (on sale .99)

2 - Capri Sun Roaring Waters (on sale 1.49 each)

2 - Imperial Margarine (on sale .69 each)

3 - Totinos Pepperoni Pizzas (on sale .99 each)
   - used .50 ecoupon
   - used .50 off 3 coupon

1 - Gallon of Milk (2.49)

2 - Hostess Twinkies (on sale 1.99 each)

1 - Crab Rangoons (on sale 6.99)

1 - Iceberg Lettuce (1.99)

1 - 5 lb bag of potatoes (1.99)

  - used Safeway Double coupons (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $49.33 (estimated $39.15 in savings - or 44.2%)

Walmart:

6 - First Aid Travel Kits (.97 each)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 2 coupons

Walmart Total:  $2.82 (estimated $3.00 in savings - or 51.5%)

Walgreens:

4 - Air Wick (B1G1 Free - 14.99each)
   - used (2) 4.00 off coupons
   - used (2) 3.00 off coupons

1 - Pull-ups (on sale 7.99)
   - used 5.00 Rain Check from RR that didn't print
   - used 1.50 of coupon

3 - Nexcare Bandages (3.49 each)
   * have submited mailin rebate to get 10.47 back)

1 - Colgate Toothbrush (on sale .99)

6 - Snickers Eggs (on sale 2/1.00)
   - used (3) 1.00 off 2 coupons

Walgreens Total:  $28.93 (estimated $60.45 in savings - or 67.6% and $10.47 rebate check for Bandages!)

Week 12 Total:  $117.41 (estimated $127.90 in savings - or 52.1%)

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Week 11 Add-On --- + $2.58 (Walgreens and Fred Meyer)

So last night I got the chance to go into town and play poker!!!  Happy day for me (even though the cards didn't go in my favor!) ... anyways since I was headed to town (without Easton) I decided to leave a little early and pick up a few things.  Here's what I got:

Fred Meyers

2 - Oral-B Toothbrushes (on sale 2/3.00)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
Fred Meyers Total:  $1.00 (estimated $2.00 in savings - or 66.7%)

Walgreen's

6 - Right Guard Deodorants (B1G1 Free - 3.99)
   - used 3 B1G1 Free coupons from Sunday's paper

6 - Renuzit Air Fresheners (on sale for .79 each)
   - used B3G3 Free coupon (it deducted 3.16 off!)

Walgreen's Total:  $1.58 (estimated $31.36 in savings - or 95.2%)

Week 11 Total Add-On:  $2.58 (estimated $33.36 in savings - or 92.8%)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Week 11 --- $81.77 (Can you say TOOTHPASTE ... and possibly still a Walgreens Trip?)

This week ended up being the great Toothpaste stock up for us.


Walmart

4 - Colgate Toothpaste (.97 each)
   - used (4) .75 off coupons

1 - Nice & Easy Foam Hair Color (7.97)
   - used FREE coupon

Walmart Total:  .88 (estimated savings 10.97 in savings - or 92.6%)

Safeway

Transaction #1 (Todd)

2 - Precious String Cheese (B1G1 Free - 5.29)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

2 - Welch's Juice Cocktail (1.77 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

2 - Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner (1.49 ea w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (1) 1.00 off 2 coupon

*Todd was suppose to use his double coupon and save another 2.00 - but he went through self-check and didn't want to ask for help.

Transaction #1 Total:  $7.81 (estimated savings 13.35 - or 63.1%

Transaction #2 (Me)

2 - Pepsi 24pk (5.49 w/in-ad coupon)

3 - Arrowhead Water (on sale 3/$10)

4 - Orville Redenbacher Popcorn (on sale 2/4.00)*
   - used (2) 1.00 off 2 coupons

6 - Hunts diced tomatoes and paste (on sale 10/10.00)*
   - used (2) .45 off 3 coupons
   * qualified for buy 10 items get $3 off coupon

4 - Doritos (on sale 2/3.00)

1 - Gallon of Milk (2.49)

1 - Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - English Muffin (on sale .99)

1 - Franz White Bread (on sale 2.29)

1 - Crab Ragoons (on sale 6.99)

3 - Garlic (3/1.00)

3 - Lemons (3/1.00)

   - used Safeway Doubles (1.90)

Transaction #2 Total:  $56.43 (estimated $40.51 in savings - or  41.8%)

Safeway's Total:  $64.24 (estimated $53.86 in savings - or 45.6%)

Fred Meyer

3 - Farmland Bacon (on sale 2/6.00 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons
   - used 1.00 off e-coupon

6 - Nabisco Crackers (on sale 3/5.00 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 2 coupons

2 - Crest Toothpaste (on sale 2/3.00)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   *plus the boxes I found had the travel size toothpaste w/whiting and $10.75 worth of coupons inside (.75 off toothpaste, 1.00 off Scope, $1.00 off Oral-B toothbrush, $1.00 off Oral-B Floss and $7.00 off Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express --- all coupons expire 1-31-13

3 - Anjou Pears (on sale .98/lb - 1.65)

2 - Oral-B Toothbrushes (on sale 2/3.00)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

Fred Meyer Total:  16.65 (estimated $15.47 in savings - or 48.2%)

Week 11 Total (still might have a Walgreen's trip though?):  $81.77 (estimated $80.30 in savings - or 49.5%)

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Week 10 --- $99.81 (and we are having Lobster for dinner!)

Well, after this post I should be caught up and ready to start Week 11 on Sunday ... I'm hoping that my coupon binder will be done by then so I can have all my coupons at my fingertips!

Walgreen's (sale items)

I sure most of you are wondering why on earth I stock up on razors every time they go on sale ... here's your answer:  Todd works out of town ALOT and it seems like he is always forgetting things and leaving them in hotel rooms, so my solution is to by cheap razors (I also need to do this with his toothbrushes, deodorant, etc. - but waiting for an amazing deal) so he can throw them away or forget them and its not an issue when he comes home!

Transaction #1:

2 - Soft Soap Body Wash (on sale 2/7.00)

1 - Schick Disposable Razors 4pk Extreme (on sale 5.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

   - used 2.00 Register Rewards from last week

Transaction #1 Total:  $9.99 (estimated $6.98 in savings - or 41.1%) and received $5 Register Reward for Body Wash and $3 Register Reward for razors

Transaction #2:

2 - Soft Soap Body Wash (on sale 2/7.00)

1 - Schick Disposable Razors 4pk Extreme (on sale 5.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Transaction #2 Total:  $11.99 (estimated $4.98 in savings - or 29.3%) and received $5 Register Reward for Body Wash and $3 Register Reward for razors

Transaction #3

2 - Aleve 100 ct (on sale for 6.49)
   - used (2) 2.00 off coupons

1 - Always (on sale 2.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

2 - Coffee-mate (B1 G1 Free - 2.49)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Dawn Dish Soap (on sale .99)
   - used .50 off coupon

1 - Pediacare (on sale 1.99)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

   - used (2) 3.00 Register Rewards from Transaction #1 & 2

Transaction #3 Total:  $6.94 (estimated $29.79 in savings - or 81.1%)

Walgreen's Total:  $28.92 (estimated $41.75 in savings - or 59%) and still have $10 worth of Register Rewards for next week.

Safeway

Transaction #1 (Todd)

5 - BC Fruit Snacks (on sale .99 each)
   - used (2) .50 off 2 coupons
   * received a $3 Catalina for my next purchase

2 - Ragu Pasta Sauce (on sale .99 w/in-ad coupon)

6 - Pillsbury Crescent Rolls (on sale for .99)
   - used (6) .75 off coupons

1 - Precious String Cheese (5.29)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

   - used Safeway doubles (2.00)

Transaction #1:  $9.66 (estimated $26.51in savings - or 73.3%) and received the $3 Catalina

Transaction #2

4 - Cinnamon Toast Crunch (on sale 1.49 ea)
   - used (2) .55 off coupons
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

2 - Ragu Pasta Sauce (on sale .99 w/in-ad coupon)

12 - Bags of Animal Cracker/Oreos/Nutter Butters (on sale 1.00 ea, plus buy 10 get 2 free)

1 - Capri Sun Roaring Water (2.50)

4 - Steam fresh Vegetables (on sale 2.00 each)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

6 - Green Giant Vegetables (on sale 3/5.00)
   - used $5 off $15 frozen foods coupon
1- Garlic Bread (1.99)

1 - French Bread (1.79)

1 - Franz White Bread (2.29)

4 - Hostess Snacks (on sale 1.99 each)

1 - Crab Rangoons (on sale 6.99)

1 - Navel Oranges (7.08 on sale .99/lb)

1 - Bananas (1.32 - .64/lb)

1 - 5lb bag Potatoes (1.99)
   - used Safeway doubles (2.00)
   - used (2) 3.00 Catalina (last week and Transaction #1)
   - used (6) 1.25 Catalina (last week)
Transaction #2 Total:  $43.26 (estimated $76.37 in savings - or 63.8%)

Safeway Total:  $52.92 (estimated $102.88 in savings - or 66%)

Fred Meyer

3 - Lobster Tails (on sale for 5.99 ea)

Fred Meyer Total:  17.97

Week 10 Total:  $99.81 (estimated $144.63 in savings - or 59.2%

Week 9 --- $131.67

This weeks shopping was derailed by 10-12 inches of snow at my house.  So when I finally got around to going to town I had to change my game plan and do the best I could ... oh well, here's what I got:

Walgreen's (sale items)

Transaction #1

1 - Schick 5 Blade Razor (on sale 8.99)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

Transaction #1 Total:  $6.99 (estimated $3 in savings - or 30%), and received $6 Register Rewards

Transaction #2

1 - Schick 5 Blade Razor (on sale 8.99)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

Transaction #2 Total:  $6.99 (estimated $3 in savings - or 30%), and received $6 Register Rewards

Transaction #3 

1 - Schick 5 Blade Razor (on sale 8.99)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

Transaction #3 Total:  $6.99 (estimated $3 in savings - or 30%), and received $6 Register Rewards

Transaction #4 

1 - Schick 5 Blade Razor (on sale 8.99)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

Transaction #4 Total:  $6.99 (estimated $3 in savings - or 30%), and received $6 Register Rewards

Transaction #5

4 - Vick's Cough Drops (2/1.79)\

4 - Puffs Plus (1.49 each)
   - used (4) Buy Vick's get Puffs for Free coupons

2 - Thermacare Back Patches (on sale 4.49)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Aleve 200 ct (on sale 9.99)
   - used 2.00 off coupon

1 - Pull-ups (on sale 8.99)

2 - Russell Stover Eggs (2/1.00) --- I told Easton if he was good he could get something!

   - used (4) 6.00 Register Rewards (from Transactions 1 - 4)

Transaction #5 Total:  $4.54 (estimated $44.96 in savings - or 90.8%), and received $2 Register Rewards for Pull-ups

Walgreen's Total:  $32.50 (estimated $56.96 in savings - or 63.7%) and still have $2 Register Reward for next week.

Fred Meyer

6 - Crunch Candy Bars (on sale 3/$1 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 5 e-coupon

2 - Bounty Paper Towels (on sale 5.99 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used 2.00 off e-coupon
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Baby Wipes (on sale 5.99)
   - used .50 off coupon

4 - Suave Shampoo/Conditioner (on sale .79 w/in-ad coupon)

2 - Bags of Salad (B1 G1 Free - 2.48)

2 - Johnson & Johnson Floss (on sale 1.20)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Digorno Pizzas (on sale for 3.99 ea w/in-ad coupon)
   - used .75 off e-coupon

Fred Meyers Total:  36.72 (estimated $9.10 in savings - or 19.9%)

Safeway

5 - 2 liter Pepsi's (4 @ .77 w/in-ad coupon and 1 on sale for .88)
   - used buy 4 get 1 free coupon (took off 1.99)

1 - Case of Aquafina Water (3.50 + deposit)

5 - BC Fruit Snacks (on sale .99 each)
   - used .50 off e-coupon
   - used (2) .50 off 2 coupons
   * received a $3 Catalina for my next purchase
6 - Cheez-Its (on sale for 1.88 w/in-ad coupon)

2 - Fritos (on sale 1.49 w/in-ad coupon)

2 - Cheetos (on sale 1.49 w/in-ad coupon)

3 - Pop Tarts (on sale 1.49)

6 - California Kitchen individual Pizzas (2.50 each)
   - used $5 off $15 frozen foods coupon
   * received (6) a $1.25 Catalina's for my next purchase
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.49)

2 - Eat Right Boneless Skinless Chicken (B1 G1 Free - 12.89)

1 - Crab Rangoons (on sale 6.99)

   - used Safeway doubles (2.00)

Safeway Total:  62.45 (estimated savings of 65.41 - or 51.2%) and still have $10.50 worth of Catalina's to use next week.

Week 9 Total:  $131.67 (estimated savings of 131.47 - or 50%) and still have $2 in Register Rewards at Walgreen and $10.50 in Catlaina's from Safeway.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

First 8 Weeks in Review

                                                           Estimated
                               Spent                   Savings                          %Saved


Week 5                   $125.89               $177.08                         58.4%       
Week 6                   $110.92               $124.10+Safeway          52.8%+
Week 7                   $75.69                 $85.79                           53.1%
Week 8                   $61.76                 $71.43                           53.6%

Total (Weeks 5-8)   $374.26                $458.40                        55.1%

Total (so far)             $812.62               $826.51                        50.4%

My thoughts:  It seems to me that I did much better the last four weeks (I'm sure some of that has to do with the stockpiling I did in the first 4 weeks).  I have learned that Walgreen's is a great store if you know what you are looking for and what coupons, RR, and points match up with.  I am glad that I decided to document my spending as it is making me much more aware as to what I am spending.  I think that I am going to change my goal a little from $100 a week to $400 in a 4-week spread as I need to be able to stock up on things I need when they come on sale rather than trying to stick to the $100 a week limit.

Lets hope that the next few weeks bring some fantastic deals!!! :)

Week 8 --- $61.76 (Safeway only)

So, as far as shopping goes, I didn't do much this week.  We are pretty well stocked, had quite a bit going on, and I was in Tillamook last weekend.  Here is what little shopping I did accomplish.

Safeway

4 - Quaker Chewy Granola Bars (on sale w/in ad coupon 1.77 each)

4 - Saltine Crackers (on sale for 1.50 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 2 coupons

1 - Gallon of Milk (2.29)

2 - Loaves of French Bread (on sale for 1.00 each)

2 - Boxes Hostess Cupcakes (on sale for 1.89 each)

1 - Box Hostess Twinkies (on sale for 1.89)

2 - Loaves of Franz Bread (B1G1 Free at 3.39)

1- 2 Pack London Broil (on sale 12.18)

1 - Pork Spareribs (on sale 9.19)

3 - Gordon's Frozen Fish (buy 3 save $3 --- ended up at 2.99 each)
   - used (3) .50 off coupons

1 - Box of Crab Rangoons (on sale for 6.99 --- I LOVE THESE!!!)

1 - Bag of Jazz Apples (2.13)

1 - Bunch of Bananas (1.91)

4 - White New Potatoes (2.47)

1 - 1lb bag of Carrots (1.99)

   - used 5.00 Catalina
   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Week 8 Total:  $61.76 (estimated savings of $71.43 --- or 53.6%)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Yesterdays Fabulous Fred Meyer Finds

So I saw in the paper that Fred Meyer was having an additional 70% off clearance apparel items, and since we were going grocery shopping anyways I figured we might as well check it out.  Here's what I found:

1 - Sketchers Work (Slip Resistant, Lightweight, Safety Toe) Women's Tennis Shoes reg. 75.00 (on sale
      for 64.97 --- then 70% off ... paid 19.49)

1 - Kids Corner Fleece in 4T reg. 18.00 (on sale for 11.97 --- then 70% off ... paid 3.59)

1 - Kids Corner Gray Long Sleeve Shirt 4T reg. 12.00 (on sale for 7.97 --- then 70% off ... paid 2.39)

Those were my big finds ... but I also grabbed:

1 - pair of OshKosh Jean for Easton (on sale 50% off ... paid 15.00)

1 - Brown bath rug reg. 12.99 (on sale for 10.37 --- then 50% off ... paid 5.18)

We didn't actually end up buying any groceries at Fred Meyer this week as we are pretty well stocked and they didn't seem to have any amazing sales.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Week 7 --- $74.54 (+ Target $1.25 = $75.69)

So, this was a challenging shopping day ... Easton and I hit 4 stores (Todd is working out of town!), which is a lot for just the two of us!  But here's what we got:

Fred Meyer (sale items)

3 - Tree Top Apple Juice (on sale 3/$5)

3 - Eggo Waffles (on sale w/in ad coupon 3/$5)

4 - Colgate Toothpaste (10 for $10 - P.S. If anyone know a good place locally to donate unopened items I would love to have a place to give my "can't pass up" bargains - we don't use Colgate but I bought it anyways!)
   - used (4) .75 off coupons

11 - Reese's Peanut Butter Cups (on sale w/in ad coupon 5/$2)
     - used B1G1 Free Coupon

1 - Foster Farms Ground Turkey (on sale w/in ad coupon 3.99)

Fred Meyer Total:  $18.99 (estimated $7.47 in savings - or 28.2%)

Walgreen's (sale items)

8 - Campbell's Soup - chicken noodle or tomato (on sale 2/$1)
   - used (2) .40 off 4 coupons

1 - Band Aids (on sale 2.99)

   - used $5 Register Rewards from last week

Walgreen's Total:  $1.19 (estimated $10.52 in savings - or 89.8%)

Walmart (list)

1 - Gallon of Milk (2.08)

1 - Franz Bread (2.24)

4 - McCormick's Gravy (.52 each)

3 - Idahoan Garlic Mashed Potatoes (.88 each)

Bananas (.95)

Walmart Total:  $9.99

Safeway (sale items)

4 - Pepperidge Farms Milano Cookies (on sale 1.88 each)
   - used (4) .50 off coupons

4 - Pop Secret Popcorn (on sale w/in-ad 1.49 each)
   - used (2) .50 off 2 coupons

3 - Frito's/Cheetos (on sale 3/$5)

2 - Capri Sun Roaring Waters (on sale 1.79 each)

3 - Gain Fabric Softener - 120 sheets (on sale 3.99 each)
   - used (3) 3.00 off coupons

3 - Freschetta Pizzas (on sale 3.99 each when you buy 3)

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 ea)
   * receive $5.00 Catalina and free bear (5.99) with purchase of 3 cards

2 - Tyson Chicken Nuggets (B1G1 Free - 6.99)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1 - Caesar Salad Kit (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $44.96 (estimated $56.55 in savings - or 55.7%) and received $5 Catalina for next purchase.

*I should have also had $2.00 worth of doubles taken off, however it is not on the receipt? (this is why some shoppers profile their cashiers!).

Week 7 Total:  $75.13 (estimated $74.54 in savings - or 49.8%)

Thursday, February 10, 2011

My Target Deal Today

So, we had to run to town today for Todd's followup doctors appointment (all is good - 95% healed and he got released to go back to work!) and I had been seeing this amazing deal online this week so I had to try it out!

I bought 5 boxes (20 ct) Finish Dishwashing Tabs --- on sale for $2.50 (even though the tag stated "price cut to $3.49" at the Target on TV Hwy).  I used (5) $2.25 off Finish 20 ct coupons from 1-2-11 Sunday paper and ended up spending an amazing $1.25 (for 100 loads of dishwashing!).

On the downside I have never used Finish Dishwasher Tabs (but I talked to a friend tonight and she uses them regularly and says they work great!), but for that price I feel that its worth a try!

Hope everyone is having a great week ... P.S. I got great deals at Walgreens this last week also (I did not lose those receipts and will hopefully post those tomorrow!)

Week 6 --- $110.92

Well, I still have not found my Safeway receipts for this week ... but I know how much I spent on each transaction ... so my items bought won't actually match my totals due to I am working off my rough draft shopping list ... but here goes nothing!

Walgreen's (sale items - P.S. I am loving this store!)

Transaction #1 (2-4-11)

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale $9.99)
   - used 4.00 off coupon

Transaction #1 Total:  $5.99 (estimated $5 in savings - or 45.5%) and received a $4 Register Reward

Transaction #2 (2-4-11)

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor (on sale 9.99)
   - used 4.00 off coupon

1 - Blink Eye Drops (on sale 7.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Transaction #2 Total:  $12.98 (estimated $8 in savings - or 38.1%) and received $4 Register Reward for razor and $8 Register Reward for the eye drops

Transaction #3 (2-8-11)

8 - Hershey Drops or Minis (on sale 2/$5)
   - used 2.00 off 2 in-store coupon (one coupon applies to entire purchase)
   - used (4) 2.00 off 2 coupons (Sunday paper)

3 - Garneir Herbashine hair color (on sale 5.00 each)
   - used (3) 3.00 off coupons
   * received $5 Register Reward for $15 Garnier purchase

8 - Progresso Soups (on sale 4/$5)
   - used .50 off in-store coupon (one coupon applies to entire purchase, 50 cents of each soup)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 4 coupons

3 - Icy Hot Naturals (on sale 5.99)
   - used 3.00 clipless coupon Walgreen's ad (took 3.00 off each)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons

3 - Poptarts (on sale 1.88 each)
   - used 1.00 off 3 coupon

4 - Hefty One Zip Bags (on sale B1G1 Free - 3.29)
   - used (4) 1.00 coupons Safeway Football book

1 - Band Aids (on sale 2.99)

2 - Russell Stover Hearts (.50 each)

   - used (2) 4.00 Register Rewards for Razors (transactions #1 and #2)
   - used 8.00 Register Rewards from Eye Drops (transaction #2)

   - used (3) 5.00 off coupons from Walgreen points

Transaction #3 Total:  .18 (estimated 111.10 in savings - or  99.8%) and still have $5 Register Rewards

Walgreen's Total:  $19.15 (estimated $124.10 in savings - or 86.6%)

Safeway (I will update this if I ever find my receipts)

Transaction #1

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 ea)
   * receive $5.00 Catalina and free bear (5.99) with purchase of 3 cards
2 - Wheat Thins (.99 ea)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

4 - Skippy Peanut Butter (1.49 with in-ad coupon)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

4 - Pepsi (on sale 4/$10)
   - used 2.00 off 4 coupon

1 - Kingsford Charcoal (3.99 with in-ad coupon)

1 - Primo Taglio Pillow Packs (on sale 5.00)
   - used 1.50 off meat when you buy charcoal coupon

   - used 5.00 Catalina
   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Transaction #1 Total:  $21.80, received $5 Catalina from Hallmark

Transaction #2

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 ea)
   * receive $5.00 Catalina and free bear (5.99) with purchase of 3 cards
2 - Wheat Thins (.99 ea)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

4 - Pepsi (on sale 4/$10)
   - used 2.00 off 4 coupon

1 - Kingsford Charcoal (3.99 with in-ad coupon)

5 - Old El Paso Taco Shells (.99 each - I thought there was a Catalina if you bought 5, but it didn't print)
   - used (4) .50 off coupons

1 - Package of Chicken Wings
   - used 1.50 off meat when you buy charcoal coupon

1 - Bag of Braeburn Apples (.68/lb)

2 - Kraft Cream Cheese (1.49 each with in-ad coupon)

2 - Red Hot Wings Sauce
   - used .75 off coupon
   - used .50 off coupon

   - used 5.00 Catalina
   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Transaction #2 Total:  $69.97 and received $5 Catalina from Hallmark

Week 6 Total:  $110.92 (which included our Super Bowl shopping)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Week 5 --- $125.89 (but I couldn' resist ... Charmin, Puffs, Cascade, Beef)

Well, I should start off with this has been an interesting week and I did not do as well as I had hoped.  All of my shopping trips where rushed (Fred Meyer and Safeway on Sunday while Easton was napping and Walgreen's yesterday while Todd and Easton where in the truck before Todd's doctors appointment).

With that said, here is what I got:

Fred Meyer (sale items only):

4 - Digorno Pizzas (on sale for 3.99 ea with in-ad coupon)

3 - Ritz Crackers (on sale 3/$5 with in-ad coupon)
   - used (3) .75 off coupons from Safeway Football Coupon Book

4 - Tillamook Butter (on sale 2/$4 with in-ad coupon) - I know you can get a better price for butter, but I prefer to use Tillamook if possible)

1 - Budding Ham Lunch meat (on sale 2/$5)
   - used .75 off coupon

1 - Budding Turkey Lunch meat (on sale 2/$5)
   - used .75 off coupon

Fred Meyer Total:  $30.21 (estimated $14.75 in savings - or 32.8%)

Safeway (sale items and others - didn't have time to get to Winco this week)

Transaction #1

2 - Ziploc Freezer Bags (on sale 2.49 with in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

1 - Glad Plug-in Refill 2 pk (on sale 3.99 with in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Glad Plug-in Wall unit (.99)

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 ea)
   * receive $5.00 Catalina and free bear (5.99) with purchase of 3 cards

   - used Safeway doubles (1.00)
   - used $5 Hallmark Catalina from previous purchase

Transaction #1 Total:  $7.93 (estimated $20.01 in savings - or 71.6%) and still have $5 Catalina for next purchase.

Transaction #2

2 - Doritos (on sale 2.99 B1G1 Free)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

2 - 24 rolls Charmin Bath Tissue (10.99 ea if you bought 2 products)
   - used 3.00 off e-coupon
   - used .25 off e-coupon
   - used .25 off coupon
   - used .25 off coupon

2 - Cascade Dishwasher Detergent (on sale for 3.99 ea with in-ad coupon)

1 - Brawny Paper Towels 8 rolls (on sale 4.99 with in-ad coupon)

1 - Gallon of Milk (1.99)

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 ea)
   * receive $5.00 Catalina and free bear (5.99) with purchase of 3 cards
1 - French Bread (1.79)

1 - Franz White Bread (3.19 - I almost fainted at this price, Winco is SOOO much cheaper at 1.78)

1 - RR Top Round Roast (17.15)*
  * Part of Mix and Match Special BOGO Free
1 - RR Top Round Roast (15.62)*
  * Part of Mix and Match Special BOGO Free
  - used (2) 2.00 off RR beef coupons from Safeway's Football book

1 - Gortons Fish Sticks (on sale for 3.99)
   - used .50 off coupon

1 - Head of Lettuce (on sale for 1.00)

1 - 3lb bag of onions (2/$3)

   - used Safeway doubles (1.00)
   - used $5 Hallmark Catalina from Transaction #1 purchase

Transaction #2 Total:  $59.27 (estimated $65.39 in savings - or 52.5%) and still have $5 Catalina for next purchase.

Safeway's Total:  $67.20 (estimated $85.40 in savings or 56%) and still have $5 Catalina for next week.

Walgreen's (suppose to be sale items - ohh what a beautiful mess!)

I messed this one up big time this week - lesson learned ... be sure your information is for Portland Walgreen's and remember Portland is in the test market so we don't get all the Register Rewards - we get points!  Still managed to save quite a bit though!

Transaction #1

4 - Dove Deodorants (4/$15)
   - used (4) 2.00 off coupons

1 - Icy Hot No-Mess Vapor (7.49)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

Transaction #1 Total:  $13.49 (thought I was suppose to get $5 RR for Dove - however, in Portland you get 1000 points instead! --- also and FYI 2000 points = $5 Walgreen's money) (estimated savings was still $11.96 or - 47%)

Transaction #2

1 - Gillette Proglide Razor (9.99)
   - used 4.00 off coupon

Transaction #2 Total:  $5.99 (estimated savings $5.00 - or 45.5%) and received $4 RR for razor.

Transaction #3

1 - Blink Eye Drops (7.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

7 - Puff Plus Boxes (.89 ea)
   - used (2) .50 off 3 coupons

   - used $4 RR from Transaction #2

Transaction #3 Total:  $8.22 (estimated savings $13.20 - or 61.6%) and $8 RR for Blink and $2 RR for Puffs.

Transaction #4

2 - Osteo Bi-Flex 40 ct (19.99 ea & B1G1 Free)
   - used (2) 7.00 off coupons

2 - M&M (2/$5)
   - used 1.00 off Walgreen's coupon
   - used 1.50 off 2 coupon

1 - Russell Stover Heart (.29)

   - used $8 RR from Transaction #3

Transaction #4 Total:  .78 (estimated savings $46.77 - or 98.4%)

Walgreen's Total:  $28.48 (estimated savings $76.93 - or 73%) and still have $2 RR from Puffs for next week.

Week 5 Total:  $125.89 (estimated savings $177.08 - or 58.4%) and we are will stocked on toilet paper and puffs!

Monday, January 24, 2011

First 4 Weeks in Review

                                                           Estimated
                               Spent                   Savings         %Saved


Week 1                   $114.42               $54.72         32.4%
Week 2                   $124.70               $85.68         40.7%
Week 3                   $98.81                 $67.05         40.4%
Week 4                   $100.43               $160.66       61.5%

Total                        $438.36              $368.11        45.6%

My thoughts:  I feel like for the first 4 weeks that I did a pretty good job, we have definitely stocked our pantry (which should help staying w/in the budget) and I have learned a lot about shopping at Walgreens (currently my husbands favorite store - after this weeks Chex Mix and Pepsi deals!)

I do think that $100 a week is a realistic budget for our family (even though Todd thinks I should bump it up to $125).  So we will see what weeks 5 - 8 bring and we can re-evaluate after that!  Happy Shopping!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Week 4 - $100.43 (wow we did a lot of shopping!)

I must admit that this week we did a lot of shopping, we hit 5 stores for our deals ... but I feel like we got a lot of items and stocked our pantry.

Albertons (sale items only):

We actually did this Saturday afternoon on our way home from a birthday party, since we were in Hillsboro anyways.

Transaction #1 (Todd)

2 - Captain Crunch cereals (on sale for 2.10 ea)*

3 - Quaker Granola Bars (on sale for 2.10 ea)*

*Qualified for 3.00 instant savings when you bought 5 products

Transaction #1 Total:  $7.50

Transaction #2

2 - Quaker Oat Containers (on sale for 2.50 ea)*
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

3 - Quaker Minute Oat Containers (on sale for 2.50 ea)*
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons

*Qualified for 3.00 instant savings when you bought 5 products/also received 3.00 Catalina for buying 5 containers of Quaker Oats.

2 - Mission Tortilla (on sale for 1.00 ea)

Transaction #2 Total:  $6.50 (and received the $3.00 Catalina)

Transaction #3

8 - Progresso Soups (on sale for 1.00 ea)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 4 coupons

2 - Ivory Bar Soap 3pks (on sale for .99)
   - used (2) .25 off coupons

   - used 3.00 Catalina from Transaction #2

Transaction #3 Total:  $4.48

Albertsons Total:  $18.48 (estimated $60.90 in savings - or 76.7%)

Safeway (sale items only)

Transaction #1 (Todd)

4 - Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks (1.49 ea)
   - used (2) .50 off 2 coupons
   - used (2) safeway doubles
   * receive $2.00 Catalina

1 - Chinet Plates (1.99 with in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off on-line coupon

2 - Hefty Plates (on sale 2/4.00)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
   - used (2) safeway doubles

3 - Hallmark Cards (1.99 ea)
   * receive $5.00 Catalina and free bear (5.99) with purchase of 3 cards

Transaction #1 Total:  $11.42 by the receipt (my math would have thought $11.92 - we will go with what we paid)

Transaction #2

4 - Poptarts (1.49 ea with in-ad coupon)

2 - Kens Salad Dressing (3.99 each, however B1G1 Free this week)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons

1  - Gold n' Soft Margarine (on sale for .99)

2 - Windex (1.99 ea with in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

2 - Scrubbing Bubbles (1.99 with in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon

1 - Artisan French Bread 1.99
   - use free bread Catalina from last week

1 - Hillshire Farm Turkey Lunch meat (on sale for 2.99)
   - used 1.00 off coupon

1 - Green Onions bunch (on sale for .50)

1 - Radishes (wasn't on sale - but looked good)

2 - Fresh Express Salad (on sale for .99 ea)

1 - Garlic Croutons (on sale for 1.00)

   - used 2.00 Catalina from Transaction #1
   - used 5.00 Catalina from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  $12.16

Safeway Total:  $23.58 (estimated $59.68 in savings - or 71.7%)

Walgreens (mostly sale items)

Transaction #1

6 - Chex Mix (on sale 3/3.99)
   - used (6) 1.00 off coupons
   - used walgreens coupon book coupon
   * received 3.50 Register Rewards

Total Transaction 1:  $0 (yep ... that's right FREE and get the $3.50 Register Rewards)

Transaction #2

1 - Pediacare Cold Relief (6.99)
   - used 3.50 Register Rewards from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 Total:  $3.49

Transaction #3

4 - 12 pk Pepsi Products (on sale for 4/$14 + deposit - which isn't good)
   - use 2.00 off 4 coupon (Safeway Football Book)
   - use 3.00 off 4 coupon Walgreens Coupon Book

   - used 2.50 Register Rewards from Week 3

Total Transaction #3:  $8.90

Walgreens Total:  $12.39 (estimated $33.46 in savings - or 73%)

Fred Meyer (Sale Items)

3 - Fred Meyer Butter (on sale 3/$5 with in-ad coupon)

3 - Kroger Hand Soap (on sale .69 ea with in-ad coupon)

1 - Grapes (on sale for 1.98/lb)

3 - Langers Juice (on sale 3/$5)

Fred Meyer Total:  $14.94 (estimated $4.87 in savings - or 24.6%)

Winco (the remainder)

1 - Gallon of Whole Milk (1.98)

1 - Garlic Bread (1.98)
1 - Franz Bread (1.78)

1 - Saltine Crackers (1.98)
1 - Ritz Crackers (1.98)
   - used .75 off coupon

1 - Boneless Pork Roast (4.84 - Todd like the one last week)

1 - Birdseye Steamfresh Corn (1.56)
2 - Birdseye Mixed Vegetables (1.26 ea)
   - used 1.00 off 3 Birdseye
6 - Apples (1.88 Total)
1 - Bananas (.95)
1 - Baby Carrots (1.28)
2 - Large Lemons (.58 ea)

1 - Cool Whip (.98)
1 - California Kitchen Pizza (3.98)

3 - Brown Gravy (.48 ea)
2 - Idahoan Garlic Mashed Instant Potatoes (.98 ea)

Winco Total:  $31.04 (estimated $1.75 in savings - or 5.3%)

Grand Total for Week 4:    $100.43 (I think I did pretty good!) (estimated $160.66 in savings - or 61.5%)