Weekly Totals 9/12 – Share Your Savings

ihp constructionHappy Friday everyone! Well it’s been a long week and I am so happy that it’s finally Friday.

So…what happened to I Heart Publix this week? As many of you noticed, the site had a few hiccups at the beginning of the week. I’ll try to give you the short explanation as the long one would take forever to explain. Basically my site just died from old age – tee hee.

I Heart Publix has been around for a while…over 5 years now. That’s a long time in the technology world–tee hee. Although I have done some upgrades here and there, the custom theme that my site was built on had not been changed in a while. When I did a system upgrade, things kinda flipped out. The update, an old theme plus an outdated caching program that I could never update (due to my theme) was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

As you can see – I have made some changes around here. I hope you guys think they are for the better. I am very pleased so far…even though I am not quite finished yet. I had originally planned all this to take place later but the break caused the timeline to change QUICKLY! We have been doing a ton of testing and so far so good. Of course if you guys have an issues, please let me know. With the changes I know many folks were kinda “stuck” for a while. The quickest thing to get the most current view of the site is to clear your browser cache. As I make changes, you may not be able to see them if you are stuck on an old version of the site. Chances are if you are reading this post you are up to date and all should be running fine.

If you do have issues, it’s most helpful if you can give me screenshots and let me know the browser you are on. Again, we have tested repeatedly but little quirks can pop up. While I am not quite done with things yet, if you guys have ideas or suggestions, I am happy to hear them!

Shopping was an in and out trip this week. I grabbed what I needed and didn’t dilly dally…just too much on the ol’ plate this week.

Bailey’s Creamer x 4 = $4 (four $1.50/1 insert)
Pillsbury Melts = $1
Yakisoba x 2 = 97¢
Progresso chicken broth x 4 = $3.18 (pq & IP)
Snow Chopped Clams x 2 = $3
Planters sunflower seeds, $1.91
Tomatoes = $1.49
Parsley = $1.29
Green Onions = 75¢
Garlic = 33¢
Broccoli Slaw = $1.66
Coleslaw = $1.79
Potatoes = $1.99
Jennie-O Turkey x2 = $7.23 ($0.75/1 IP)
Milk $4.13

I was right at $40 this week which works for me. I fed my crew and had enough for leftovers for my lunch. I do need to shop this weekend as I think the boys are tired of applesauce and fruit cups in their lunch boxes. We need a big fruit and veggie stock up to get us through next week.

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Weekly Totals 9/5 – Share Your Savings

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Happy Friday everyone! I have been off a day all week thanks to Labor Day…but I certainly know that today is indeed Friday…woo hoo!

Besides the holiday on Monday, it’s been a pretty typical week. This is the first weekend (in quite a while) where we don’t have any plans what so ever! I have to admit that I am looking forward to not having to be anywhere or having to get my house ready for guests. My goal in life this weekend is to sleep in and maybe relax a bit.

Tonight is family movie night. My husband is in charge of finding us a movie to rent so hopefully there is something that everyone will like. I am sure the boys will have some ideas. I never know what’s out but they can tell you all the current releases.

This time of the year, our weekends revolve around the Alabama football games. I usually take the day off on Saturday and we go out to dinner. During football season, my day off ends up being on Sunday. I think the game is early tomorrow so I’ll get my husband out on the grill tomorrow night after the game. That way we can go see what’s going on around town on Sunday and maybe look for a restaurant we haven’t tried yet.

I didn’t do much shopping this week. We had a bunch of leftovers from the party last weekend so I had fruit for the boys. I did pick up some milk and a few other items that we needed. I actually did a little pantry organization and found that I need to start using up a few things before they expire. it seems like every week I another box from companies who want me to try their products. I have things like oatmeal, snack bars and cereal coming out of my ears…time to get creative :-)

Chips Ahoy, $3.77
Publix Cookies, $2.59
Cinnamon Toast Crunch = 85¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Chex Mix x 2 = $2.65 ($0.50/2 IP)
Heinz Ketchup x 2 = $2 (two $0.50/1 insert)
Del Monte Squeezers x 2 = $2 ($1/2 PQ & $1/2 IP)
Farmland Bacon – $4.99
Sour Cream x 2 = $4
Eggs – $1.89
Bell Pepper = $1.35
Onions = $2.99
Potatoes = $2.99
Mushrooms = $1.99
Pork Chops = $7.42
Milk = $4.07
Sargento Cheese x 2 = $4 (two $0.50/1 insert)
Philly Cream Cheese x 2 = $1 (two $0.50/1 IP)

After gas card coupon and my mailed Publix coupon, I spent right at $40 for everything. Not a bad week as I was able to get what I needed for meals and even a few snacks for the boys.

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Weekly Totals 8/29 – Share Your Savings

cotton candy grapesHappy Friday everyone!

I am excited that it’s a holiday weekend and I bet you guys are too! We have a party planned for tomorrow. It’s a combination birthday/football party. Jeb’s birthday was a few weeks ago but I wanted to let the kids get settled into school before I threw a party. I figured no one would want an invitation to a party on the 1st day of school ;-)

Tomorrow is also the first Alabama football game for the season. You guys know my husband is a HUGE fan…so many of our guests will transition from the pool down to the man cave to watch the game. That means I have all kinds of party snacks and such to prep tonight. I am keeping things simple as I plan on enjoying the parties too!

As you can imagine most of my shopping this week was geared towards the party. I do separate those purchases out from my everyday grocery budget. You know I am a planner and crazy organized with all kinds of spreadsheets that track spending in all my various categories. It helps me know where my money is going and is super helpful for planning for the upcoming year. So while I did buy guacamole, chips, hummus, juice boxes, fruit and more…it will be “charged” to the entertainment fund and not my grocery fund.

One funny thing that is going to be part of my grocery totals this week is a massive expense on grapes. My buddy Amy emailed asking if I had ever tried those Cotton Candy Grapes that are currently at Publix. I was intrigued and checked them out when I shopped. I passed them up they are crazy expensive (at least for thrifty me) and priced at $3.99/lb.

My husband and I had to take care of some paperwork for the sale of our Georgia house this week and I talked him into shopping with me while we were out and about. Well, I guess I should have taken him home first–tee hee. We were in the produce section and I saw the grapes and showed them to him and he just HAD to have those grapes. I told him to get a small package in case they weren’t good.

He grabbed a bag and tossed them in the cart with my other stuff. It wasn’t until I got home and started looking at the receipt that I noticed that small bag of grapes were $8.98 – HOLY MOLY!! Ok – they were quite amazing as they did taste like cotton candy but crazy me starts thinking about what all I could have got with that $9 instead. Seriously I could have got a whole meal for that amount.

You better believe I threatened him with loss of life if I found any signs of uneaten grapes rotting in my fridge next week –tee hee.

So while I would have done pretty good on my weekly grocery totals…those grapes kinda did me in! Still not a bad week as we didn’t need a ton of groceries. As you might remember from my menu this week, I went with cost effective easy meals! For my shopping trip I was more focused on getting the party supplies at a nice price instead.

Del Monte Fruit x 2 = $2
Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup x 2 = $3.49
Cheese x 2 = $5
Sour Cream = $2
Grands x 2 = $2.50
Cotton Candy Grapes = $8.98
Green Onions = 75¢
Cilantro = $1.29
Red Onion = 96¢
Brussel Sprouts = $1.25
Bananas = $1.88
Potatoes = $2.99
Milk = $4.13

I can’t tell my exact total but for recording purposes, I estimated that I spend $40 for our groceries this week. Not bad overall if you ignore the fact that the grapes were about 1/4 of that –tee hee!

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Weekly Totals 8/22 – Share Your Savings

house soldHappy Friday everyone!

Once again, it’s been a crazy busy week! We have had something every single night this week after school. By the looks of it the next couple of weeks look to be the same crazy chaos.

Fall ball has started up…so – paired with karate, that’s going to be 4 – 5 nights taken up right there. Add in play dates, parties and other random to do’s and the week is slammed. I am really not complaining…as I am not the kind of person to just sit around bored. Although I do look forward to those rare evenings where relaxing is all that’s on the plan.

Well, I don’t want to jinx myself but it looks like my house in Georgia will be sold by the end of next week. We just couldn’t get ourselves together to get that thing on the market until last weekend. Well…we put it up for sale and one day later we had a cash offer! The craziest part is the folks want to close next week. Talk about fast! We beat our record for the first house my husband and I lived in…it took a week to sell–tee hee.

It really is a great house and perfect for a family so I am hoping the folks who are buying it have lots of kids who will enjoy that basement and backyard that we worked so hard to finish!!

I did a trip to Publix yesterday. I dropped my husband and Jake off to baseball practice and Jeb and I did a quick run to Publix. We only had an hour so I didn’t get to stroll down the aisles but we were able to grab what we needed. I did forget to pick up the Superpretzels. I just don’t want to pass up 10¢ boxes of pretzels. I also want to go back on a day when I can get the rotisserie chicken and use it that night…so I am thinking I might run back on Monday before I pick up the boys!

I was on the ball last night and already entered my receipts for the Conagra rebate, Ibotta and Checkout 51 –done- CHECK!! I spent a little more than I had hoped but I was very happy to be able to stock up on my english muffin/Laughing Cow breakfast combo! Yes, I did buy 6 tubs of Laughing Cow and I am considering going back for more…I love that stuff!! I also took the opportunity to stock up on other super deals…some nice prices this week!

Here’s what I got this week –

Thomas’ English Muffins x 4 = $8.38
Laughing Cow x 6 = $7.96 (six $1/1 IP)
Perdue Chicken x 2 = $2.30 (two $2/1 IP)
Oscar Mayer Beef Franks x 2 = $4.69 ($1/2 IP)
Amish Country Cheese x 4 = $7.58
Mini Babybel x 2 = $3 (two $1/1 IP)
Yoplait Greek = $0 (free prod DQ)
Milk = $4.13
Safest Choice Eggs = $0 (free prod Q)
Crunch Pac = $0 (free prod Q)
Birds Eye Veggies x 6 = $8.45
Grapes= $4.12
Celery = $1.99
Carrots  = $1.69
Ginger Root = $1.88
Bananas = $1.59
Idaho Spuds = 89¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Gogo Squeeze x 2 = 79¢ (two $1/1 insert)
Mrs Butterworth’s Syrup x 2 = $3.49
Peter Pan PB x 4 = $3.18 (four PQ)
Hunt’s Pudding x 3 = $1.80 (PQ & two Insert)
Dole Fruit x 2 = $2 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Kool Aid Jammers x 2 = $1.78 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Kaft Mayo = $1.45 ($0.50/1 IP)

I had a couple of things on my list that fall under a category other than grocery…so I am estimating my tax and calling this $80 from my grocery budget. Not the best week ever but I am stocked up on some items that are typically quite expensive so I am a happy camper!

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Weekly Totals 8/15 – Share Your Savings

jeb-a-doo-7-years-oldHappy Friday everyone!

This was a big week at my house – my baby turned 7 years old this past Monday! I know…he’s not a baby anymore. It’s crazy to look at that picture and see how big he is.

This was also the boys’ first full week of school. I’ll admit that it’s been a rough one and I haven’t quite mastered our schedule yet. There just isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done!

The boys get home at 4:00 and I try very hard to get them in bed by 8:30. We haven’t made it to bed on time yet this week. The problem is…I have to fit too much in that 4.5 hour span!

We have to fit in homework, dinner, karate and soon there will be fall ball. All of that is supposed to take place in a mere 4.5 hours. Guess what…it’s not happening!  Jeb’s homework has been taking at least an hour each day. I never had to help Jake with his work so I could do dinner while he was working. Jeb needs much more assistance and a lot of coaxing to work through his assignments each day.

As a result we have eaten out twice this week. That’s unheard of at my house. I was just overwhelmed trying to do homework and keep up with our schedule. Even with that, the boys were not in bed until after 9 pm every night this week!

So, I have decided that this weekend I am going to get organized and write out my schedule each day. I usually have a general to-do list that I go by each day – but I think I am going to have to get much more detailed if I am going to make it through the next few months!

Now, I am not going to beat myself up about not having a perfect week. Things happen and I do the best I can. As long as I can get back on track, everything will be fine. Sometimes you have to mess up a bit to help you get where you need to be. This was my week to mess up– tee hee.

As you can imagine…I did not shop this week. I actually ran into Publix yesterday for about an hour gathering prices for the Advantage Buy flyers but I had an appointment immediately after that so I couldn’t even grab things that I needed. I hope to make list and shop while I can take advantage of the gas card coupon this weekend.

Hopefully you guys have had better success than me this week. If not, it’s ok…hopefully we can all get back on track!

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Weekly Totals 8/8 – Share Your Savings

boys school 2014Happy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week. The big news this week is that school started back for my boys!

Yes…it’s seems crazy early but summer vacation is officially over for them. I was beyond tickled when my little one got in the car yesterday and exclaimed – “I had an incredible day!” If you guys have been hanging out with me for a while you might remember that my little Jeb-a-doo has struggled a bit. He still has to have a little support at school with speech and OT — so to hear that he is excited about school just makes me want to get up and dance. School is often difficult for him, he will have to work twice as hard as the average kid and some days that can just be tough. But he is a trooper and is off to an “incredible” start.

Now my oldest one is quite the opposite. Jake loves school. He is a social butterfly who is loved by all who meet him. He is also extremely intelligent and in the advanced placement program. I have never once had to worry about him as far as homework or his reading or anything like that. He was very happy with his teacher and thrilled to find some of his friends in his new class. He was also happy to be able to reunite with other friends on the playground.

Funny how things work isn’t it? Having both ends of the spectrum means that life is never boring ;-) For now, I am happy that they are excited about school and I’ll admit…I am happy to have a few hours of quiet to do what I need to do.

This is what I got this week… a few necessities, some lunch box items plus a few treats too! Can you figure out what the upcoming Try Me Tuesdays might be–tee hee!

Publix Sugar Cones – $2
Joy Cones x 2 = $3 ($1/2 IP)
Publix Topping – $1.19
Cool Whip $1.89
Frito Lay Variety pack – $4.99 ($1 PubDigQ)
Del Monte FruitBurst x 4 = $4 ($1/2 IP = $1/2 TQ)
Ritz Bits Multipack = $3.24
Yogurt Raisins – $2.69
Mahatma Yellow Rice – 84¢
Publix Yellow Rice – 59¢
Smuckers Jelly x 6  $4.50 (five $0.50/1 insert)
Sparkle x 4 = $19.96 (4 IP & 2 PQ)
Magnum Bars x 2 = $0 (two $1.50/1 IP + $1/2 TQ)
Chungs Spring Rolls x 2 = $1.76 (two $0.35 IP)
Eggo Waffles x 4 = $0 (Free prod Q)
Prosciutto – 74¢
Bananas – $1.32
Grapes = $2.37
Figs = $3
Goat Cheese – $2.99
Milk – $4.13

Now I had a couple of little gift cards so my actual total was $44 and change but I think I was at about $65 + tax if I wouldn’t have had those to help out. I will be submitting for my Sparkle rebate and my ibotta milk cash back :-)

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Weekly Totals 8/1- Share Your Savings

flowersHappy Friday and happy August 1st!

It’s insane how fast this year has flown by. My boys start school next week! That’s so crazy early in my opinion…it feels like summer break just started. I think they are ready to go back…well at least a little bit. They aren’t looking forward to the homework apparently. We have plans to have as much fun as we can this weekend as a sort of final push. Tonight the boys have karate then we’ll go out to dinner (their choice) and then we are headed to see the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Of course you know I will get my ibotta cash back –tee hee.

Tomorrow if the weather allows, we will swim and have a little cookout. I figured we’d do as much as possible before we get back into the school routine.

I did a little bit of shopping earlier in the week and plan to go again to do the gas card deal. I was bummed that my store was completely out of Ziploc bags so I am hoping they have restocked when I go back. Maybe it will work out better for me since it will help me get the totals up for the gas coupon.

Here’s what I got –

Publix Sliced Cheese x 2 = $5
Chobani Yogurt – $1.34
Eggs – $2
Milk = $4.05
Sabra Guac = $2
Feta = $2.60
Bananas = $1.72
Basil Plant = $3
Lemons = 67¢
Cherries = $1.52
Grape Tomatoes = $2
Cucumbers = $1.29
Garlic = 42¢
Cilantro = $1.29
Green Onion = 75¢
Jalapeño = 67¢
College Inn Broth x 3 = $5
Kandoo x 2 = $2 ($1/1 IP)
Quaker Granola Bars x 2 = $2.79
Cheez It x 2 = $5
Mt Olive Pickles = 45¢ (75¢ hangtag)
Publix Pineapple = $1.49
Dole Pineapple = $1.79
Watermelon = $1.20
Chungs Spring Rolls = $1.65
Shrimp = $11.11
Flowers = $12

I purchased a few other things that were for a friend so I can’t pull the total from my receipt but I estimated that I spent  $80 after tax.  I am over my average but I really felt like treating myself to some of those 3/$12 flowers. I am not the best flower arranger but I did ok.

Ok we are off to our fun filled family night. How did you guys do this week? Share your totals in the comments or link up.

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Weekly Totals 7/25 – Share Your Savings

sabraHappy Friday everyone! I hope you all have had a great week.

It was a crazy busy one for me. As I mentioned earlier in the week, I spent a couple of days in Virginia at the Sabra factory. It was a blast – I met some great people and had lots of yummy food as you can see in the picture above. I am not a huge fan of traveling especially now that I have to fly from the tiny Chattanooga airport. Don’t get me wrong…it’s a great place. Super clean and easy to navigate but I lived in Atlanta my whole life and was so used to getting direct flights almost everywhere. So the whole layover business is just not my idea of a good time.

In addition to that fun, this was also my birthday week. I loved turning 21 ;-) Ok well…you might have to double that number but it was still nice to celebrate another year. My boys were so excited to give me my presents and they did a really great job this year. I got a beautiful owl sculpture as well as a handmade bowl and tree picture. I have them all displayed throughout my house.

Since traveling took a good chunk of the week, I didn’t really shop much. I had set up my guys for the time while I was gone. My husband did great. He grilled chicken, hot dogs and  did great sticking to the suggested menu. He did end up at Chili’s one night after karate. Did you guys know that they have little iPad type things on the table? He sent me a picture of the boys with them having a blast…it’s now Jeb’s favorite place. He is already asking to go back!

I did do a quick trip for some items that I needed for a recipe I am making. You guys will find out more about it soon. I think you are going to be very excited as it comes with a great giveaway!

I am currently in the car headed to finish up some back to school shopping. It’s hard to believe that my boys will be back in school in less than two weeks. I figured I’d go now so that I didn’t have to deal with crowds this weekend! I don’t have my receipt so I don’t have exact numbers but it was a small trip and I was under budget. I just pulled this from my shopping list that I had here on the site –

Safest Choice Eggs
Thomas’ English Muffins
Matlaw’s Seafood

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Weekly Totals 7/18 – Share Your Savings

snake -julyHappy Friday everyone!

It’s a rainy day here in Chattanooga. We haven’t had much rain lately but I am kinda bummed that the rain decided to come this weekend. I was hoping to spend a little time by the pool this weekend and relax a bit. I am loving the temperature outside though. I think when I was coming home this afternoon the temp was 70 degrees…AWESOME!

As you can see by my picture above…we had a visitor this week. I walked out into my garage and was startled by a HUGE snake just sitting by my car! It took my husband and I almost 45 minutes to coax him back out into the yard. He was huge–we estimate around 6 1/2 feet. Based on what I found online, we think that it was a grey rat snake! As you can imagine, I have been very diligent about making sure the garage door is CLOSED now ;-)

As far as shopping, I have done several small trips this week. I wasn’t very organized and stopped couple of times while I was out and about. My dad also stopped by this week and came with several huge bags of produce from his garden so I will be working on cooking up all those yummy things over the next few days. I had to pick up one of my husband’s medications this afternoon and he requested grilled fish for dinner. The gentleman at the seafood counter suggested I try Baramundi…so that’s what I got. Here’s hoping it turns out as it wasn’t cheap! If I had been prepared, I could have shopped my list and got another gas card. I didn’t realize I’d be over a quarter of the way there with just that fish – oh well…

Here’s what I grabbed at Publix over this last week –

Zucchini – $2.33
Shrooms – $1.79
Onions – $3.29
Bananas – $1.81
Asparagus – $1.78
Cherries – $3.44
Avocado – $1.66
Watermelon – $1.91
Lettuce – $1.99
Capri Sun x 4 = $2.91
Publix Ice Cream = $3.50
Milk – $4.09
Cabot Cheese x 2 = $ ($1/2 IP)
Pillsbury Melts – $1.50 ($1/1 IP)
Publix Lunch Meat – $4.99
Quaker Bars x 2 – $2.79
Cheetos – $3.49
Publix Cheese Snacks – $3.19
King’s Hawaiian Bread – $3.19
Baramundi Fish – $15.59

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Weekly Totals 7/11 – Share Your Savings

fridayHappy Friday everyone. I have been a busy bee today. We finally decided it was time to clean out the garage. I have been doing a box here and there but that garage has been a HUGE disaster since we moved. Today I made a huge dent in the mess and am happy to say that most of the boxes are empty!I have 5 big boxes headed to the donation center and   if I could just find someone to take all the trash, I’d be set ;-)

It’s crazy to think that we have been here almost a year now. We love it here more than I can tell you – we are all so happy. I was nervous about the move but now I am thankful that we made the decision to go. It was the best decision we could have made.

At some point I will get around to sharing some pictures of the house. There are still many things (like the garage) that are a work in progress –but we have come a LONG way over the past few months.

Now as for shopping this week…we didn’t. As I mentioned in last weeks totals, I blew my budget big time (think 4x what I normally spend). We had a fantastic party that ended up starting on Friday and ending on Saturday night. We had plenty of food for the 4th and then all my friends showed up with tons of food on Saturday. So, this week we ate some leftovers and worked from the pantry. To get rid of extra buns, we did grilled chicken sandwiches two different days!

We had plenty of extra fruit and so this week we just did not need to shop at all. Now, the gas card deal is this weekend and you guys know I have a hard time turning down $10 in FREE moolah…so I am probably going to stop by this weekend and at least do one deal. I may look to see what we need then go from there.

So how about you guys share your totals and if I have time, I’ll update with my gas card trip over the weekend. Share your weekly totals below in the comments or link up!

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