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!