Monday, December 31, 2012

End of 2012 ... Goals for 2013

As 2012 is wrapping down I look at my blogs and am disappointed that I didn't keep up on them more ... with that being said though I am happy with what I was able to post.  I hope to be more accountable to myself this coming year and to keep a better track of our spending on this blog (www.sainsavings.blogspot.com), pictures of our life at www.growingupsain.blogspot.com, our "farm" at www.saincreekpoultry.blogspot.com, and my projects and recipes at www.goinginsain.blogspot.com

I have rearranged my budget and decided that our goal was going to be $300/mo for groceries, paper products, and other necessities ... I'm pretty sure we can do this.  I am hoping to have a garden this year and that should also help out with costs (even though I am not counting it towards my budget - I know that my greenhouse, fenced garden, and seeds will be costing a pretty penny - but I budgeted it separately from our grocery shopping).

I also have came up with a monthly menu plan for our family.  I hope that I will be able to sick with it ... here is what January looks like:

Month of January 2013
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
30 31 1 2 3 4 5
Main Dinner @ Elks Steak & Lobster Turkey  Leftover Turkey Tacos or Taco Salad Potato Soup Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad
Side/Veg   Salad, Baked Potato Mashed Potatoes, Stuffing, veggies Asst. Veggies w/Ranch   Asst. Veggies w/Ranch Frozen  Veg
Other   Homemade Bread   Homemade Bread   Homemade Bread  
Dessert     Chocolate Pudding Pie   CupCakes   Cookies
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Main Shrimp and Noodles Hamburger Gravy Pizza Bread Chicken  Breasts Panini's Crockpot Roast Breakfast
Side/Veg   Mashed Potatoes  Peaches Fruit Salad (Banana, Orange, Apple) Apple Sauce Red Potatoes & Carrots Bacon & Eggs
Other Homemade Bread Green Beans   Homemade Bread     Cinnamon Rolls
Dessert     Brownies     Monster Cookies  
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
Main Mac and Cheese Chicken Kabobs Sausage Salmon French Dip Sandwiches Hamburgers Cheap Pizzas
Side/Veg Apples   French Fries Red Potatoes, Salad Asst Veggies w/Ranch French Fries Apples
Other Homemade Bread   Sauerkraut Rolls   Asst. Veggies w/Ranch  
Dessert   Moster Cookies       Apple Crisp  
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
Main Whole Chicken Homemade Pizza Night Tacos Chicken w Fettuccini Alfredo Sauce Chicken Nuggets Steak Homemade Lasagne
Side/Veg Mashed Potatoes, Gravy Asst Fruit Asst Veggies w/Ranch Green Salad Fruit Salad (Banana, Orange, Apple) Baked Potatoes Green Salad
Other Frozen Veg   Homemade Bread   Broccoli & Cheese Garlic Bread (Store Bought)
Dessert Cheesecake       Cookies  
27 28 29 30 31 *Be Sure Feb
Main Crockpot Roast Leftover Lasagne Hamburger Gravy Marinaded Shrimp Scewers Waffles Menu is Complete
Side/Veg Mashed Potatoes, Gravy Asst Veggies w/Ranch White Rice Fried Rice (egg, green onion, bacon) Peaches or Applesauce (by 1-25-13)
Other Asst Veggies w/Ranch Rolls Green Beans Homemade Bread      
Dessert   Cupcakes     Brownies    


I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve and that 2013 is full of joy!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Sept 30 - Oct 6 (Week 8 of the Oregonian Deal)

Safeway

2 - Doritos Jacked (part of B2G2 Free)
   - used (2) .55 off coupons Pepsi insert
2 - Regular Doritos (part of B2G2 Free - however only one free one came off)
1 - Cheetos (Just 4 U 2.49)
   - less e-coupon (1.00 off)
1 - box of Elbow Macaroni (on sale 1.25)
2 - Carnation Evaporated Milk (1.45 each)
14 - Gatorade (on sale 1.00 each, also B10G5 Free - I bought 15, but only 14 rang up)
1 - Ground Mustard (3.69)
1 - Taco Shells (on sale 2.99)
1 - Thirsty Paper Towels - 8 rolls (Just 4 U 5.42)
1 - Tub Lucerne Ice Cream (Just 4 U 5.00)
1 - Cool Whip (2.00 - crazy high ... but making a salad for a Birthday party tomorrow)
4 - Precious Cheese Sticks (B1G1 Free)
   - used (2) 3.00 off 2 coupon
1 - Gallon Milk (2.99)
1 - Loaf Franz Bread (on sale 2.00)
6 - Pkgs Buddig Lunch Meat (.99 each)
1 - 2lb bag Shrimp (Just 4 U 9.78)
3 - Red Apples (1.49/lb)
3 - Granny Smith Apples (1.79/lb)
1 - Lettuce (.88)
1 - Ceasar Salad Kit (on sale 2.50)
   - used $10 off $75 purchase coupon
   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $68.56

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Sept 9 - Sept 15 (Week 5 of the Oregonian Deal) --- Sunday Shopping

So, since I didn't do any shopping we hit a couple stores today to stock up on some sales items ... here's what I got:

Rite Aid

1 - Gillette Fusion Razor w/bonus pack (on sale 9.99)
- used 4.00 off coupon
* received 4.00 +Up
2 - Hershey Minis (on sale 2/6.00)
- used 1.00 off 2 coupon
* received 1.00 +Up
4 - Hershey Drops (on sale 2/6.00)
- used (2) 1.00 off 2 coupons
* received (2) 1.00 +Up

Rite Aid Total OOP: 20.99 (and have 7.00 in +Ups to use)

Walgreens

4 - Dawn Dish Soap (on sale .99 each)
- used (4) .50 off coupon
1 - Proglide Razor (on sale 9.99)
- used 4.00 off coupon
* received 4.oo RR
2 - Crest Toothpastes (on sale 2/3.00)
- used (2) .50 off coupons
* received 1.00 RR
2 - Carmex Lipbalm (on sale 2/3.00)
- used 2.00 off RR from previous shopping
* received 2.00 RR

Walgreens Total OOP: 10.95 (and have 7.00 RR to use in future)

Safeway

4 - Cherrios (on sale 1.99 each wyb 4)
- used .50 off e-coupon
1 - Motts Fruit Snacks (on sale .99) ***
1 - Fiber One Chewy Bars (on sale 1.99) ***
1 - Fiber One Cereal (on sale 3.49) ***
1 - Betty Crocker Cupcake Mix (on sale 2.50) ***
1 - Apple Cinnamon Chex (on sale 1.49) ***
1 - Progresso Soup Light (on sale 2.00) ***
1 - Progresso Recipe Starters Roasted Garlic (on sale 1.39) ***
1 - Skippy Peanut Butter (on sale 2.99)
- used 1.10 off e-coupon
2 - Reynolds Foil (on sale for 2 for 4.98)
- used (2) 1.00 off coupons
1 - Green Giant Steamers (3.29) ***
1 - Philly Cream Cheese (2.29 - Todd snuck it in)
1 - Bucket of Ice Cream (Just for U price 4.58)
2 - Gold n Soft Margarine (1.29 each)
- used .50 off coupon
* received 1.00 Catalina wyb 2
1 - Yoplait Greek Strawberry (on sale 1.00) ***
1 - Yoplait Simplait Strawberry (on sale .69) ***
5 - Bagels (.69 each - Todd snuck them in)
1 - French Bread (Just for U price .89)
1 - Franz Bagels (on sale 2.50)
1 - Crab Rangoons (on sale 7.49)
1 - Orange Pepper (1.50)
1 - Bunch of Bananas (Just for U price .45/lb - 2.85)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (.88)
1 - Green Pepper (1.00)
1 - White Onion (.64)
1 - Bag of Red Potatoes (3.99)
1 - Yellow Pepper (1.50)
2 - Fresh Express Salads (Just for U price 1.49 each)
- used Safeway Double (2.00)

*** Items qualify for Try Me Free Mail in Rebate (18.83)

Safeway Total OOP: 66.71 (and mail-in rebate for 18.83)

Week 5 Total: 98.65 ... not bad!


Sept 2 - Sept 8 (Week 4 of the Oregonian Deal)

Not much happened this week ... we didn't really shop. We were still trying to regroup from our camping trip over the long weekend.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Aug 26 - Sept 1 (Week 3 of Oregonian Deal)

I'm just going to start with it was a rough week between work and getting ready for the long weekend I'm not really sure what happened ... I know I can't find the Safeways receipt for the life of me (I also have no clue as to how much was spent as my husband did the shopping and can't remember). Here are the receipts I did find:

Walgreens (EPIC FAIL):



4 - Purex Free and Clear (on sale 1.99 each)
1 - Gillette Razon (paid 10.49, thought it was on sale or 9.99 and I thought I was going to get 4.00 in RR - nope)
- used 4.00 off coupon
1 - Crest Toothpaste (paid 3.99, thought it was 2.99 and thought I was going to get 2.00 RR - nope)
- used .75 off coupon

Walgreens Total: $17.69

Fred Meyers:

2 - Doritos Chips (on sale 2.28 each)
2 - Lays Chips (on sale 1.88 each w/in-ad coupon)
4 - Tillamook Butter (0n sale 2 for 5.00)
4 - Gatorade (on sale .69 each w/in-ad coupon)
4 - Pepsi 12 pks (on sale 4/11.00 w/in-ad coupon)
2 - Sweet Baby Rays (on sale .88 each w/in-ad coupon)
4 - Palmolive Dish Soap (.86 each)
- used (4) .25 off coupons


Fred Meyers Total: $38.68

Walgreens:


3 - Kraft Miracle Whip (on sale 2 for 6.00)
- used Walgreens coupon 1.00 off 2
- used (3) .25 off coupons
1 - Kraft Mayo (on sale 2 for 6.00)
- used Walgreens coupon 1.00 off 2
- used .25 off coupon
* received 2.00 RR wyb 4 Kraft Products


Walgreens Total: $9.00 (and have 2.00 in RR for next week)


Week 3 Total: $65.37 + Safeway ???

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Aug 19 - 25 (Week 2 of Oregonian Deal)

Fred Meyer:

2 - 12 pk Crayola Coloring Pencils (price buster at .99 each)
1 - Organic Celery 1.52 (on sale for .99/lb)
4 - Organic Bananas .99 (on sale for .69/lb)
2 - Loaves of Franz Bread (on sale 2 for 4.00)
4 - Fred Meyer Butter (on sale 2 for 4.00)
5 - Snapware Containers (on sale for 2.49 each)
- used (5) 2.00 off coupons 8-19 SS
1 - Bic Disposable Razor (on sale for 4.99)
- used 3.00 off coupon 8-5 SS

Total Fred Meyers OOP: $20.93

Walgreens:

1 - Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Bowl Cleaner Starter Kit (on sale for 6.99)
* buy 1, get 2.00 RR
- use 3.00 off coupon 7-29 ss
2 - Chex Trail Mix (on sale 2 for 3.00)
* buy 2, get 1.00 RR
- use .50 off 2 coupon 8-5 GM
2 - Soft Scrub Cleaners (on sale for 2.49 each)
- use (2) 1.00 off coupons RP
1 - Mini Highligher (.39 - filler item)
- used 4.00 off RR from last week

Total Walgreens OOP: $5.86 (have 2.00 RR and 1.00 RR for next week)

Safeways:

2 - Cheerios (part of b4save1.00 off each - works out to 1.49 each)
- used 1.00 off 2 coupon 8-5 GM
2 - Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks (part of b4save1.00 off each - works out to 1.49 each)
- used .75 off 2 coupon 8 -5 GM
3 - Kens Salad Dressing (on sale 1.19 each with in-ad coupon)
- used (3) 1.00 off coupons 8-12SS
1 - Charmin Toilet Paper (Just for you price 7.54)
- used .25 off E-Coupon
1 - Gallon of Milk (Just for you price 2.39)
1 - Orange Pepper (1.50)
1 - Red Pepper (1.50)
3 - Lemons (.99 each)
2 - Green Peppers (1.00 each)
1 - Coconut (2.99 --- I think I will be making extract)
2 - Garlic Cloves (.49 each)
3 - Onions 1.09 (.89/lb)
2 - Baby Carrots (on sale 2 for 3.00)
1 - 5 lb Bag of Potatoes (1.69)
2 - Bags of Salad (on sale for .99 each)
- used 3.00 off 15.00 produce purchase E-Coupon
- used Safeway Double Coupons (deducted 1.38)

Total Safeway OOP: $ 29.78

Week 2 Total: $56.57




Saturday, August 18, 2012

Back at Couponing (Week 1 of Oregonian Deal)

So with the new deal offered through Frugal Living NW we are able to get multiple Sunday/Tuesday newpapers delivered to our house!!! It is wonderful to not have to go to town and get papers on Saturday or Sunday and just to have 4 papers show up at my house on Sunday morning. With that being said it is time to get back to some major couponing. Here was my first outing:

Albertsons (round-up coupon deals):

1 - Dawn Dish Soap (1.89)
- used (1) .50 off coupon 7-29 P&G (round-up to 1.00 off)
2 - Frigo String Cheese (on sale for 2.99 each)
- used (2) .55 off coupons 8-12 SS (rounded up to 2.00 off)
4 - Huggies Baby Wipes (1.99 each)
- used (4) .50 off coupons 8-12 SS (rounded up to 4.00 off)
1 - Ivory Bar Soap, 3 pk (1.59)
- used (1) .30 off coupon 7-29 P&G (rounded up to 1.00 off)
1 - Colgate Toothbrush (3.19 thought it was on sale - but it wasn't and not worth returning)
- used (1) .40 off coupon 7-29 P&G (rounded up to 1.00 off)
1 - Colgate Toothpaste (on sale for .99)
- used (1) .50 off coupon 7-29 P&G (rounded up to .99 off - since you can't make money)
8 - Buddig Lunch Meat (on sale for .89 each) ... Todd makes sandwiches with these for lunches
- used (2) .75 off 4 coupons 8-12 SS (rounded up to 2.00 off)

Total Albertsons OOP: $16.72

Fred Meyers:

2 - Filler Paper (on sale .75 each)
10 - One Subject Notebooks (10 for 1.00)
1 - Kelloggs Poptarts 8ct (2.09)
- used (1) free poptarts coupon from Fred Meyer
2 - Loaves of Franz Bread (2 for 4.00)
3 - Boxes of Reeses Pieces (1.00 each)
2 - Doritos (1.88 each w/in-ad coupon)
1 - Loaf of French Bread (2.29)

Total Fred Meyers OOP: $15.55

Walgreens:

Transaction #1:
2 - Irish Spring Body Wash (on sale 2 for 6.00)
- used (2) .50 off coupons 8-12 SS
* received 3.00 RR
2 - Herbal Essence (3.00 each)
- used 3.00 off 2 coupons 8-5 SS
* received 1.00 RR

Transaction #1 OOP: $8.00 (and received 4.00 in RR)

Transaction #2:
1 - Fusion ProGlide Razor (on sale for 9.99)
- used 4.00 off coupon 8-12 SS
* received 4.00 RR
2 - Sticky Notes (2 for 1.00)
- used 3.00 RR from Transaction #1
- used 1.00 RR from Transaction #1

Transaction #2 OOP: $2.99 (and received 4.00 in RR)

Walgreens Total: $10.99 (and still have the 4.00 RR from Transaction #2 for next week)

Total for This Week: $43.26

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Fred Meyer 70% off Clearance Clothing

So, while at Fred Meyer today I checked out the Clearance Clothes for Easton ... here are my great deals ($244.96 for $53.61):

Coat - 4 in 1, size 5-6 (reg. 100.00, sale 25.49)
T-Shirt, size 5-6 (reg. 12.00, sale 2.39)
Shorts, size 4T (reg. 12.99, sale 2.39)
Pants, size 4T (reg. 24.00, sale 4.49)
Pants, size 4T (reg. 16.00, sale 3.59)
Raincoat, size 4T (reg. 20.00, sale 2.39)
Raincoat, size 5 (reg. 20.00, sale 4.49)
T-Shirt, size 4t (reg. 20.00, sale 2.39)
T-Shirt, size 4T (reg. 19.97, sale 5.99)

So, if anyone needs a winter coat for next year I would stop by and check on Fred Meyers ... that is a great price!!!!

Week 8: Feb 19th - 25th

Carry Over from Week 6: $9.10
Carry Over from Week 7:  $100.00
 
Albertsons:
10 - Hunts Pudding (on sale .80 each wyb 10)
2 - Sun Chips (on sale 1.99 each wyb 4)
2 - Lays Chips (on sale 1.99 each wyb 4)
2 - Dole Salad (2.49 each - B1G1 Free)
2 - Whole Chickens (.79/lb w/in-ad coupon)
 
Albertsons Total:  $25.61
 
Fred Meyer:
2 - Capri Suns (1.99 each wyb 10 items)
4 - Pillsbury  Biscuits (.99 each wyb 10 items)
   - (2) .30 off 2 coupons
4 - Dove (1.69 each wyb 10 items)
   - (4) .75 off coupons
   * get $2.00 catalina for next purchase wyb 10 items
4 - Bacon (on sale 2/6.00 w/in-ad coupon)
1 - 1lb Shrimp (on sale 5.99)
1 - Case Bottled Water (3.99 + 1.20 deposit)
4 - 8pk Candy Bars (on sale 1.00 each)
Fuji Apples (1.28/lb)
Grapes (1.28/lb)
 
  - used $25.00 gift card from Prilosec Purchase last year
 
Fred Meyer Total:  $27.95
 
Walmart:
5 - Cup of Soups (.28 each)
4 - Lunchmeat Packages (.48 each)
1 - French Bread (1.00)
2 - Brown Gravy (.56 each)
2 - Country Gravy (1.16 each)
1 - Pizza Sauce (1.22)
2 - Pepperoni Packs (2.36 each)
   - 1.00 off 2 coupon
2 - Chicken Gravy (1.16 each)
1 - Fettuccini (1.08)
1 - Bisquick (4.28)
   - .50 off coupon
2 - Fruit Bowls (1.98 each)
   - .50 off 2 coupon
1 - Flour (4.58)
 
Walmart Total:  $27.92
 
Safeway:
6 - Golden Graham Treats (on sale 2.00 each)
   - (6) .50 off coupons
2 - Poptarts (1.99 each w/in-ad coupon)
2 - Precious Cheese (on sale 3.99 each)
   - (2) 1.00 off coupons
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.69)
1 - Fem Hygiene (on sale 6.49)
1 - Twinkie (4.29 part of B1G1 Free)
1 - Franz Bread (part of B1G1 Free)
1 - Head of Lettuce (.99)
1 - Celery (.99)
1 - 5lb bag of Carrots (3.99)
1 - 8lb bag of Oranges (4.99)
2 - 8oz POM (raincheck for .99)
   - (2) .99 off coupons
   - Safeway Doubles (2.00)
 
Safeway Total:  $41.39
 
Week 8 Total (so far):  $ 122.87
 
Carry Over (so far):  $ 87.23

Week 7: Feb 12th - 18th

Well, I didn't make it to the grocery store this week ... oppps!!!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Week 6: Feb 5th - 11th

Carry Over from Week 5:  $16.48
 
Albertsons (Transaction #1)
 
2 - Miracle Whip (on sale 2/6.00)
   * buy 2 get $1.00 catalina
3 - McCormicks Bag and Season (on sale 3/4.00)
   * buy 3 get $1.00 catalina
 
Transaction #1 Total:  $10.00 (got 2.00 in catalinas)
 
Albertsons (Transaction #2)
 
2 - Milk Bone Treats (on sale 2/6.00)
   - used 2.00 off 2 coupon
   * buy 2 get 1.00 catalina
2 - 4lb C&H Sugar (on sale 1.99 each w/in-ad coupon)
2 - NY Bone-In Steaks (5.99/lb - however were suppose to be 3.99/the cashier forgot to scan the coupons and I missed it until I got home!)
4 - Lobster Tails (on sale 4.69 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off catalinas (from Transaction #1)
 
Transaction #2 Total:  $34.98 (got 1.00 catalina)
 
Albertsons Total:  $44.98 (and have 1.00 catalina remaining)
 
Walmart
 
1 - pint of Half & Half (1.42)
1 - pint of Heavy Whipping Cream (2.87)
1 - gallon Whole Milk (2.58)
1 - pkg frozen Corn (.78)
1 - pkg Salad (.98)
1 - 5lb bag Red Potatoes (2.47)
1 - Italian Bread Crumbs (2.44)
1 - Franz Bread (2.28)
6 - Cup of Soup (.28 each)
1 - Deep Dish Pie Crust (2.00)
1 - 1lb bag Shrimp (5.48)
1 - Fettuccini Noodles (1.08)
2 - Jars of Yeast (2.16 each)
2 - Sour Cream (.98 each)
2 - Parmesan Cheese (2.18 each)
1 - Honey (3.42)
1 - Hormel Pepperoni (2.36)
1 - Shredded Mozzarella (2.24)
1 - Deli Pepper Turkey (7.43 - think it was 6.99/lb)
1 - Pita Bread (1.78)
1 - Bag of Fritos (2.48)
2 - Fuji Apples (.97/lb)
4 - Bananas (.52/lb)
2 - Onions (.54/lb)
1 - Head of Lettuce (.84)
1 - pkg of Beans (2.48)
 
Walgreens Total:  $62.40
 
Week 6 Total:  $107.38 ($7.38 over for the week which can be taken out of the carry over!) which isn't to bad considering I have switched to a new program (Emeals) and we are trying to go with several of their ideas this week, plus we are having Lobster for Valentines day (a complete splurge!)
 
Carry Over for Next Week:  $9.10

Friday, February 3, 2012

Week 5: January 29 - February 4

Carry Over from Week 4: - 20.52
 
So, I'm going to start off with a disclaimer on this weeks post.  I seperated my shopping into two catagories:  1) Normal Weekly Shopping an 2) SuperBowl Food (estimate between $35 - $40 in addition)
 
Normal Weeklly Shopping:
 
Other Store:
 
3 - Newspapers (2.00 each)
 
Total:  $6.00
 
Safeway
 
3 - Pepsi Cubes (on sale for 5.00 each)
4 - OR microwave popcorn (1.49 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - use (2) .75 off 2 coupons
2 - Poptarts (1.49 each w/in-ad coupon)
6 - Barilla Pasta (on sale 1.00 each)
   - used (6) .55 off coupons
1 - Charmin (5.99 w/in-ad coupon)
   - used .25 off coupon
2 - Finish Powerball (3.49 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) .75 off coupons
1 - Dreyers Ice Cream (on sale for 3.34)
   - used B2 Digiorno Pizzas G Ice Cream Free coupon
2 - Digiorno Pizzas
   - used 2.00 off 2 coupon
1 - Gallon Whole Milk (2.79)
1 - Loaf White Bread (on sale 2.00)
2 - Tyson Popcorn Chicken (on sale BOGO Free - 9.99)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
1 - Raw Shrimp Meat (4.54)
2 - Bags of Salad (2/4.00)
1 - Croutons (1.99 - Todd put these in the cart while I was talking to the produce guy about if they had any 8oz POM in the back ... raincheck on the POM)
 
   - used $10.00 off $75.00 purchase
   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)
 
Safeway Total:  $57.00
 
Week 5 Total:  $63.00 + overage from week 4 ($20.52)  = $83.52 leaving a carry over of $16.48
 
Super Bowl Food:
 
1 - Pizza Sauce (on sale for 1.79)
1 - Artichoke Hearts (3.99)
2 - Mission Potato Chips (on sale 2/5.00)
1 - Shredded Parmesan Cheese (4.29)
1 - Puffed Pastry (5.29)
1 - Tillamook Sour Cream (2.19)
1 - Pound of Crab Legs (on sale for 9.99/lb - 10.19)
1 - Shrimp Ring (on sale 5.00)
1 - ER Veggie Platter (on sale 5.99)
 
Super Bowl Food Total:  $43.73 (this is a little over what we would pay if we went out for dinner and left a decent tip)
 
FYI for anyone who wants to know what I plan on serving(may add or subtract depending on if we have company or not) Super Bowl Sunday:
 
ER Veggie Platter
Shrimp Ring w/sauce
Pepperoni Pizza Stromboli
Bacon wrapped Little Smokies w/brown sugar
Crab and Spinach Dip
Salsa
Chips
Homemade Brownies
Homemade Cookies

Monday, January 30, 2012

Week 4: January 22nd - 29th

Carry Over From Week 3:   -$15.39

Walgreens

2 - Tylenol Liquid Cold (on sale 2/10.00)
   - used (2) 2.00 off coupons
   *received 5.00 RR for next week
4 - Sunday Newspapers

   - used $5.00 RR from last week

Total:  $9.00, and have $5.00 RR left over

Walgreens (Trip 2)

2 - Tylenol Liquid Cold (on sale 2/10.00)
   - used (2) 2.00 off coupons
   * received 5.00 RR for next week

Total:  $6.00, and have $5.00 RR left over

Safeway

1 - Cheetos (3.49 on sale BOGO Free)
1 - Fritos (3.49 on sale BOGO Free)
2 - Teddy Graham Snack Bags (on sale 2/4.00)
1 - Sponge Bob Honey Grahams (on sale 2/4.00)
   - used 3.00 off 3 Nabisco coupon
10 - Powerades (on sale .69 each)
     - used .50 off Powerade Zero Coupon
1 - Cascade Gel Packs (on sale 4.99)
   - used .50 off coupon
2 - All Detergent (on sale for 3.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
1 - Tub of Parmesan Cheese (on sale for 3.49)
2 - Gold N Soft Tubs (on sale 1.19 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon
2 - Tums (on sale 3.99 each)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon
1 - Hostess Twinkies (on sale 2.99)
1 - Thomas Bagels (on sale 2.99)
1 - Orowheat 12 grain Bread (on sale 2.99)
1 - Pkg of ER Boneless/Skinless Breasts (2.99/lb - 10.71)
1 - Pkg of Shrimp (8.99/lb - 9.35)
Green Grapes (1.28/lb - 2.82)
Head of Iceberg Lettuce (1.29)
1 - Cucumber (.88)
1 - Tomato (2.99/lb - 1.35)
Bag of Red Potatoes (3.99)
2 - Italian Blend Salad (on sale 1.99 each)
3 lb Bag Onions (on sale 1.00)
6 - Fruit Rollups (on sale 3/1.00)
1 - Croutons (on sale 1.00)
1 - Cut Melon Bowl (on sale 2.50)
Deli Ham (on sale 4.99/lb - 5.09)

   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Total:  90.13

Week 4 Total:  $105.13 (which is 5.13 over --- another overbudget week!)

So I get to start next week in the negative again ... and hope to catch up and get back on budget soon (Carry Over is -20.52)

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Sunday Coupons - Janurary 22nd Highlights

So, when I got home from town this afternoon I went through the paper and found the coupons that I liked best, here they are:
$1.50 off 2 M&M, Dove or Snickers (with Valentines day this will work out to be a good deal)
$1.50 off 2 York, Reeses, Hersheys (ditto)
$3.00 off 2 Triaminic Products (will match with the sale at Walgreens this week and stock up incase Easton gets sick)
$1.00 off 2 Oscar Mayer Carving Board (this will work for Todds lunches if we can get it on sale also)
$1.00 off 2 Gold N Soft

There are other coupons in there, but these were the ones made me smile the most!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Week 3: January 15 - 21st

Starting Carry-Over Amount: $21.98

Albertsons
2 - Kellogg Poptarts - 12 pks (on sale for 2.99 each)
4 - Budding Lunch Meat Packages (on sale for .89 each)
10 - Green Giant Vegetables (on sale 10 for 10.00)
     - used (3) .60 off 3 coupons
     - used (3) Twice the Value coupons

Albertsons Total:  $15.94

Walgreens

4 - Aleve 50 ct (on sale for 3.79 each)
   - used (4) 1.00 off coupons

   * received $5.00 RR for future use

Walgreens Total:  $11.16

Safeway (Friday Only)

4 - Cubes of Pepsi (5.00 each)

Safeway (Friday Only) Total:  $24.80

Safeway

4 - Pop Secret Popcorn (on sale 1.49 each w/in-ad coupon)
1 - Poptart 12 ct (on sale 2.69)
5 - Filippo Extra Virgin Olive Oil (used rain check for 5.00 each - regularly $11)
   - used (5) 1.00 off coupons
6 - Swanson Chicken Broth (on sale 10 for 10.00)
   - used (3) .40 off 2 coupons
12 - Gatorade (on sale .89 each w/in-ad coupon)
1 - McCormicks Country Gravy (1.69 each)
4 - McCormicks Brown Gravy (.99 each)
1 -Brawny Paper Towels (on sale 5.99 each)
2 - Danimals Yogurt (on sale 1.69 each w/in-ad coupon)
2 - Precious String Cheese (on sale 3.99 each)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
1 - Gallon Whole Milk (on sale 2.79)
1 - Loaf of Bread (on sale 2.50)
1 - Pkg Eat Right Chicken Breasts (on sale 2.99/lb)
1 - Bunch of Bananas (.59/lb)
2 - 10# bags of Potatoes (on sale 1.49 each w/in-ad coupon)
1 - Jar Minced Garlic (1.99)
2 - Bags of Salad (on sale .99 each)
   - used Safeway Doubles (2.00)

Safeway Total:  $85.47

Week 3 Total:  $137.37 (way over budget ... oooppps not a good couponing week!)
less my carry over of $21.98 still makes me starting next week in the negative w/o even buying papers (-15.39 to start my week 4 - BOO!!!)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Sunday Coupons - January 15th Highlights

So, Todd picked up some papers (4) while he was running errands in town.  Here is the highlights that I see in tomorrows Sunday Paper!

$1.00 off 2 Hormel Pepperoni (great for Homemade Pizza or Pizza Bread)
$1.00 off 4 or more rolls Scott Towels
$1.00 off Sucrets (it is winter!)
$1.00 off 6 or more rolls Viva Towels (I wasn't sure about these, but they hold up pretty well!)
$2.00 off Tylenol Cold Liquid Product (I swear by this ... I can't use Niquil keeps me awake allnight - but this stuff makes me sleep like a baby)
$1.00 off Precious String Cheese (we can't run out of it at our house or Easton is very unhappy)
$1.00 off Wisk - might turn into a good buy?
$1.00 off 2 Ziploc Bags
$1.00 off Flippo Berio Olive Oil (I am loving this coupon, because Safeway in Forest Grove was out on Friday when it was on sale for $5.00 and I got a rain check!!!)

There are other coupons in there, but these were the ones made me smile the most!

Week 2: January 8 - 14th, 2012 ($95.89)

Starting Carry Over Amount:  $17.87

Our weekly shopping kinda got messed up this week ... I didn't spend as much time as I wanted with the adds ... I was to busy stocking Target :)

Fred Meyer

4 - Fred Meyer Bacon (on sale for 2/6.00 w/in-ad coupon) - worse case this will be used in soups
6 - Trident Gum (on sale for .69 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) 1.00 off 3 coupons
3 - Hunts Pudding (on sale for 10/10.00)
   - used .50 off 3 store coupon

Fred Meyer Total:  $16.64

Safeway

4 - Del Monte Green Beans (on sale .79 each wyb 4+)
2 - Quaker Instant Oatmeal - Raisin and Spice (on sale BOGO Free @ 3.49)
4 - Quaker Dipps Granola Bars (on sale 1.88 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used (2) .75 off 2 coupons
2 - Nabisco Saltines (on sale for 1.59 each)
2 - Best Foods Mayo (on sale 2.49 each w/in-ad coupon)
15 - Powerade (on sale .69 each w/in-ad coupon)
2 - Hefty Zip Bags (on sale 2.99 each w/in-ad coupon)
   - used 1.00 off 2 coupon
1 - Gallon of Milk (2.79)
1 - Aleve - 50 ct (on sale for 5.49)
   * gave 1.00 off coupon however was not on the receipt
2 - Hostess Products (on sale 1.79 w/in-ad coupon)
1 - Franz Bread (on sale 2.50)
1 - Family Package Boneless Petite Sirloin (on sale for 2.49/lb - 12.18)
1 - Iceberg Lettuce (on sale for .99)
1 - Bag of Caesar Romaine Lettuce (on sale 1.99)

   - used Safeway Double (1.50 deducted)

Safeway Total:  $70.17

Target

2 - Suave Deodorants - powder fresh (1.4 ounce) 1.07
2 - Suave Deodorants - sweet pea and violet (1.4 ounce) .97
   - used (4) .75 off coupons

Target Total:  $1.08

Other - 4 Newspapers - Sunday Early Edition bought on Saturday ($8.00)

Week 2 Total Spent:  $95.89 ($4.11 left over from $100/wk budget)
Current Carry-Over Amount:  $21.98

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Target 70% off Toy Clearance Trip

So, for those of you who don't know:  Target has great toy clearance sales twice a year (one in January and the other at the end of July).  I have been patiently stocking Target this week waiting for the moment the doors opened and the toys were finally marked down to 70% off (from the 30 and 50% off they have been since late last week).  Well, it finally happened this morning and here is what I picked up:

1 - Paper Jams Guitar (reg. price $17.87 - clearance price $5.36)
1 - Video Recorder (reg. price $39.99 - clearance price $11.98)
1 - Remote Control F350 Dually (reg. price $69.99 - clearance price $20.98)
1 - Hot Wheel Collectable Train (reg. price $4.27 - clearance price $1.28)
1 - Hot Wheels 8ft Race Track (reg. price $79.99 - clearance price $23.98)
1 - Hot Wheels Monster Truck Rock Ramp (reg. price $20.87 - clearance price $6.26)
1 - Cranky Crane and Thomas Train Plastic Set (reg. price $59.99 - clearance price $17.98)
1 - Vtech VReader (reg. price $49.99 - clearance price $14.98)
1 - Leap Frog Alphabet Take-Along (reg. price $19.99 - clearance price $5.98)
1 - Large Wooden Puzzle - Vehicles (reg. price $10.99 - clearance price $3.28)
1 - Large Wooden Puzzle - Animals (reg. price $10.99 - clearance price $3.28)
1 - Hot Wheels Speed Shop (reg. price $30.77 - clearance price $9.23)
1 - K'nex Roller Coaster set (reg. price $49.99 - clearance price $14.98)

That was my trip to Target this morning ... my total was $139.55 (which is quite alot ... but if I look at how much I would of spent at full price $465+ it was worth it!)

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Week 1: January 1 - 7th, 2012 ($82.13)

So 2012 is here and I haven't put anything on any of my blogs for months now (since August) ... but I am going to try and at least restart this one.  I have found that I stayed more within my budget and was better about shopping when I was documenting it (even if no one reads it - which is ok).  So, here is my first week of shopping ... with still $100/week budget.

Target

3 - Oral B Floss (.97 each)
   - used (3) 1.00 off coupons
3 - Flintstone Vitamins - 60 count gummies (on sale 6.59 each)
   - used (3) 2.00 off coupons
   * received $5.00 gift card for next purchase for buying 3
1 - Flintstone Vitamin - chewables (on sale 5.93) ... Easton usually has these and we haven't had the gummies so these are for backup!!!
   - used 2.00 off coupon

   - used (3) 5.00 gift cards from previous purchases

Target Total: $2.61 and have a 5.00 gift card.

Safeway

2 - Orville Popcorn, 3pks (on sale 2/4.00)
4 - Idahoan Instant Mashed Potatoes (1.15 each - I know cheaper at Walmart, but wasn't going to make the extra trip)
2 - JIF Peanut Butters (on sale 2.49 each w/in ad coupon)
2 - McCormicks Country Gravy (1.69 each)
4 - McCormicks Brown Gravy (on sale .88 each)
1 - 8pk Starbucks Peppermint Hot Chocolate (on sale 4.99) - total splurge, but if I went to Starbucks it would be SOOOO MUCH more!!!
2 - Capri Sun Roaring Waters (on sale 1.79 each)
2 - Hefty Kitchen Bags *buy 2 save $3.00 on each (5.99 each w/savings)
   - used (2) 1.00 off coupons
2 - Grands Biscuits (1.99 each)
  - used .30 off 2 coupon
1 - Gallon of Milk (on sale 1.99 w/in ad coupon)
2 - Cool Whips (on sale 1.90 each)
2 - GoGurts (on sale 2.00 each)
1 - Garlic Bread (2.29)
1 - Thomas Bagels (on sale 2.49 w/in ad coupon)
1 - Franz Bread (on sale 2.50)
1 - Whole Chicken (on sale 4.53)
Bananas - .59/lb (2.04)
Apples - 5 lb bag (on sale 2.99)
Oranges - 8 lb bag (on sale 3.99 w/in ad coupon) 
Potatoes - 10 lb bag (on sale 1.49 w/in ad coupon)
2 - Fresh Express Salad Bags (on sale 2.00 each)
2 - Croutons (on sale 1.00 each)
  - used Safeway Doubles (1.30 total)
  - used $10 off $75 purchase
Safeway Total:  69.52 (estimated 42% savings)

Other - Weekly Newspapers:  10.00 (5 - Sunday 1-8-12 early edition bought on Saturday)

Week 1 Total Spent:  $82.13
Carry Over for Next Week:  $17.87