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.