Weekly Totals 4/11 – Share Your Savings

April 11, 2014 

Screen Shot 2012 09 07 at 3.25.31 PM Weekly Totals 4/11   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday everyone!

I have been so happy to see almost a full week of nice weather. Here’s hoping that we have more to come. I just checked the weather forecast and it is supposed to be 80 degrees here on Sunday!

The only thing on our to do list this weekend is one baseball game and then we are free to do whatever. We’ve been so busy that I am glad to have some time just to enjoy the weekend a bit. We’ve been busy with houseguest for the last couple of weekends. I think this weekend, I might plant a few flowers and just enjoy the weather a bit.

Well I spend a bit above my average this week but I needed those paper towels so it had to be done. I will also have to do something that I haven’t had to do in a while…pay full price for something I need because I didn’t track my inventory. I have been living off of my huge stash of feminine hygiene products that I managed to rack up over the years. You know those free pantyliners and tampons that used to be super cheap. Somehow I manage to allow myself to get down to one box of tampons–UGH!! I guess I need to look to see where the best spot to grab a box or two and then be a little more aware of the sales. I do have a couple of gift cards that will take the sting away a bit but I could kick myself for not paying attention!!

Here’s what I got this week. I think I might run by the store today after I grab the boys. I want to get some Coke Zero while there is the sale and Publix coupon!!

Viva Paper Towels x 4 = $20.96 ($5/4 DQ = twp $1/2 PQ)
Lucky Charms Cereal x 2 = $1.65 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Yoplait Go-Gurt Yogurt x 2 = $2.65
Magnum Ice Cream Bars x 2 = $1.99 (two $1.25/1 IP)
Perdue Chicken Nuggets x 2 = $4.29 (two $1/1 IP)
Corn Tortillas = $2.29
Sour Cream = $1.50
Milk x 2 = $4.19 (BOGO IP)
Tomatoes = $2.17
Kale = $1.99
Celery = 99¢
Limes x 3 = $2.37
Avocados x 2 = $3
Mushrooms = $2.50
Cabbage = $1.44
Cilantro = $1.19
Onions = $1.57
Potatoes = $2.99
Bell Pepper = $1.28
Apples = $2.25
Bananas = $1.49
Tilapia = $7.51

I was a little over $80 this week. Not the best week but it will even out!!

How did you guys do this week? Share your savings in the comments below or link to your weekly totals.

Weekly Totals 4/4 – Share Your Savings

April 4, 2014 

spring 2 Weekly Totals 4/4   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday everyone! I hope you guys have had a great week.

Well today was not the prettiest day but the rest of the week was gorgeous. I am so ready for the weather to stay nice and warm.  So I know my little flower bed is nothing amazing but it’s a work in progress. I was just happy to see a little bit of color icon smile Weekly Totals 4/4   Share Your Savings

We had a house full of folks last week and my mom called to let me know that her and my dad wanted to come visit this weekend. I have barely gotten the house in order from last week. But I just love having company, so I told her to come on over!

I dropped by Publix to grab a few things. Not a spectacular week but I was very happy to grab some super cheap Coke Zero for my husband. He was a happy camper!

Powerade x 2 = $3.85 (two $1/1 IP)
Coke Zero 12 pk x 3 = 18¢ ($2/2 PQ + three $3/1 MQ)
Pretzel Crips = $2.50
Publix Syrup = $2.59
Aunt Jemima Syrup = $3.42
Publix Spinach = $2.49
Mushrooms = $1.50
Shallots = $1.89
Green Beans = $1.13
Broccoli = $2.50
Cauiflower = $2.99
Bananas = $1.51
Breyers Gelato = $1.25 ($1.50 IP)
Cod = $7.99
Milk = $4.19
Promised Land Chocolate Milk = 75¢ ($0.55/1 IP)
Philly Cream Cheese = $1.50
Claussen Pickles x 2 = $2.90 (two $0.55/1 IP)

I spent right over $50 this week. Right on budget…so another week of making the sales work for me. I had everything we need for the week. I was also able to knock out some drinks for the baseball team snack that I will need for next week

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up!

Weekly Totals 3/28 – Share Your Savings

March 28, 2014 

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Happy Friday everyone.

This week’s weather has been crazy. We have had warm days, a day where we had flurries and now today is a dreary mess. Have I told you guys lately how much I wish we’d settle in with some nice warm Spring weather? A little bit of sun and warmth would do wonders for my mood — tee hee.

Well this week has been busy as usual. We have visitors at my house and are soon to have even more tomorrow. My husband’s brother, wife and baby arrived yesterday and tomorrow his cousin, wife, daughter and friend will be here. I love having visitors so I am happy to have a house full of folks.

One perk is that we are talking about going out for pizza tonight if my kiddo’s game is canceled due to weather. It is bad that I have my fingers crossed? We could go out and come back and do movie night and just relax. So, if anyone wants to send positive vibes my way…I’ll take them icon wink Weekly Totals 3/28   Share Your Savings

My goal this week was to get the house ready for company while still doing all the regular weekly to-dos. My husband was kind enough to do a quick run to Publix this week so this is what he brought home. (I am happy to say that he stuck to the list 100%!)

No Yolk Noodles – $1.97
Green Beans – $1
Lemons – 67¢
Green Onions – 75¢
Jalapeño – 17¢
Mushrooms – $1.79
Potatoes – $3.99
Pork Chops = $4.65
Sirloin – $5.04
Cream Cheese – $1.89
Cream – $2.59
Milk $4.09
Publix Water – $2.50

His trip was right at $36 which is not bad at all. I might have to do a run tomorrow morning. You guys know I buy things on sale and toss them in the freezer. I could have sworn I had a couple of rolls of sausage in my freezer. I am planning to do sausage biscuits tomorrow morning so I have to find that sausage in my overcrowded freezer tonight or I will have to get up before everyone else. Then again, I can always whip up some pancakes–tee hee.

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up.

Weekly Totals 3/21 – Share Your Savings

March 21, 2014 

Unknown Weekly Totals 3/21   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday everyone!

The sun is finally out and it’s a beautiful day here in Chattanooga. I am so ready for Spring weather to kick in and stay! I have one tulip that has popped up in my flower bed. I can’t wait to see if the others start coming up too!

I think I mentioned that I had some dental work done last week. My mouth hurt for several days. I just assumed that I was dealing with some swelling. Well I suffered for a week and decided I couldn’t take it anymore! I headed to the dentist to find that an area where they had to do a port for the pain meds had become infected. YUK!

I got an antibiotic and after only 4 doses, I am already feeling so much better! I could kick myself for not going sooner.

Besides our typically crazy schedule that was the only big event for the week. More baseball is on the calendar for the weekend and I am hoping to relax a little bit.

I actually shopped several times over the past week. I even managed to fit in a trip to take advantage of the gas card deal. I needed to pick up some stuff for someone (not part of my grocery budget) and grabbed those items, a few groceries AND 2 gas cards. I used the $20 in savings to cover my groceries. Have I told you how much I love trading cash for gift cards to get FREE money –tee hee!

Watermelon = $1.80
Zucchini = $2.09
Cabbage x 2 = $1.48
Green Beans = $1.68
Green Onion = 75¢
Cucumber = 75¢
Jalapeño – 17¢
Cilantro – $1.29
Tomatoes = $2.99
Grapes = $3.32
Lettuce = $1.79
Bananas – $1.51
Lemons – $1.99
Onions = $2.99
Strawberries = $1.67
Tilapia, $8.99
Publix Sour Cream = 95¢
Chobani – $1
Milk = $4.19
Jimmy Dean Sausage = $3.99
Planters Nuts x 2 = $2 (two $1/1 IP)
Pop Secret x 2 = $2.80 (two $1/1 IP)
Capers = $1.69
Black Beans x 4 = $2.40
Great Northern Beans = $2.29
Coca-Cola x 3 = $8.18 ($3/3 PQ)

Thanks to the gas card savings and a $5 Target home mailed coupon, I spent a little $45 for all my items this week. I am very please with my haul!

How did you guys do this week? Share your savings in the comments below or link up!

Weekly Totals 3/14 – Share Your Savings

March 14, 2014 

00ed81ceab5731416ce94b7607b10817 Weekly Totals 3/14   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday everyone. I hope you have all had a great week.

These week was dentist-visit-o-rama at my house. Now, I have never really minded visiting the dentist. I love how great my teeth feel right after a cleaning. I guess it helps that I have not had any major issues for probably 20+ years. So my visits have only been routine cleanings and exams.

Well, when I was little I did have a few cavities that were filled. It seems those little metal fillings can only last so long and 20 + years is apparently about their limit. So, I had to get three metal fillings replaced with the new resin. Oh boy, that was Wednesday and my mouth is still hurting.

I had to return with the boys on Thursday. Jake had to get two small fillings and I decided to have Jeb’s teeth sealed so that hopefully those sneaky cavities can be avoided. So the dentist took a big chunk of our week.

Baseball is the other thing taking up the week. I am actually going to make this short and sweet as I need to get the guys fed and out the door for a 7:15 game.

I did a little shopping last weekend to take advantage of the gas card. I may need to pop over to Publix this weekend for a few more things. Here’s what I grabbed -

Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits x 4 = $3.96 (4 $0.50/1 insert)
Ovaltine = $4.49 (catalina coupon)
4C Breadcrumbs x 2 = $2.19
m&m’s x 2 = 99¢ ($0.50/2 tearpad)
Black Beans = 85¢
Near East Couscous x 4 = $4.38
Marble Rye Bread = $3.69
Corned Beef = $11.29
Pork = $5.54
Sauerkraut = 59¢ ($1 mag Q)
Publix Cheese, $2.50
Milk = $4.19
Red Onion = 91¢
Potatoes = $3.99
Tomatoes = $2.98
Cilantro = $1.29
Jalapeño = 77¢
Bananas = $1.14
Limes = $1.99
Cabbage = $1.64
Wholly Guac = $0 (Free prod q)

I was at about $55 after the gas card coupon. Not too bad and just about on budget – that’s my kind of week.

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

Weekly Totals 3/7 – Share Your Savings

March 7, 2014 

jake tummy Weekly Totals 3/7   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday everyone…I am doing a big ol’ TGIF dance over here.

Well if I had typed this post yesterday, I would have said it was a typical week. A little busier than usual with the start of baseball but otherwise fairly quiet. It’s funny how a normal day can change really quickly!

My oldest kiddo, Jake, woke up his usual silly self. He came upstairs then began reading as he ate his breakfast. When it was time to get dressed he was complaining that his stomach was hurting a bit. I suggested he try to go to the bathroom before he left for school. He seemed a bit out of sorts so I had my husband run my little one to school while I tried to figure out if Jake was really sick. I call him my “drama king” as he is a bit dramatic at times. That makes it hard to tell when he is really sick or just being a hypochondriac. It didn’t help that I had planned a rare few hours to myself to go get my hair cut/colored.

After about 15 minutes, I decided that I would run him up to the doc in a box as his pediatrician could not see him until 3 pm. We got there and they saw him immediately as he was complaining about abdominal pain. The nurse looked at him then immediately walked out and brought the doctor in. The doctor and nurses all came in and after looking at him, they told me to take him to the Children’s Hospital. Of course now I am flipping out a bit.

They had called ahead and so after the 20 minute drive over, they were waiting for us. We went straight back to a room. Jake almost immediately vomited and I could see that he was feeling better. The ER doc checked him out and decided that my little rotten egg was a bit “backed up.”

Jake is 8 years old so I really don’t keep up with how often he uses the bathroom. Am I the only one who has no idea how often my kid has a bowel movement? I guess I figured that since I didn’t have to help him anymore, I didn’t have to keep track of that stuff.  I guess I will need be on top of that a bit more.

So after a VERY unpleasant enema, we were on our way back home. Needless to say, my day didn’t quite go as planned. As you can see by the picture above, he is now feeling fine. I think I have also calmed down a bit too…let’s just say I was a nervous mess most of the day.

So while most of my week was pretty boring, today was a doozie. I have declared it a “do nothing except watch movies” kind of night and then I am going to sleep in tomorrow. AND from now on I will be asking Jake if he has pooped everyday icon wink Weekly Totals 3/7   Share Your Savings

As for my shopping this week, I did OK overall. Here’s what I got over three trips…I did the gas card deal twice so far. I may go back again this weekend.

Hillshire Farm x 4 = $11
Dominex Fries = $0 (free prod Q)
Birds Eye = 5¢ ($1.25/1 IP)
Pictsweet Veggies = $1.50 ($0.50 IP)
Hanover Beans x 2 = $1 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Michael Angelos Meals x 6 = $0 (free prod q’s –upcoming review)
Boston Butt $10.88 (2 pork IPs)
Hormel Pepperoni x 2 = $1.18 ($1/2 IP + $1/2 TQ)
Publix Hummus x 2 = $3.98
Milk $3
Friendship Buttermilk = 34¢ (blinkie & PQ)
Cream = $2.59
DiGiorno Parm = $2.50
Velveeta Singles = 50¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Strawberries x 2 = $3.32
Bananas = $1.66
Spinach = $2
Salad = $1.25
Potatoes = $3.99
Apples = $3.99
Grape Tomatoes = $2
Pineapple = $3.99
Grapes = $2.51
Green Beans = $1.14
Green Onions = 75¢
Cuban Bread = $2.39
Nature Valley Breakfast Biscuits x 4 = $3.46 (two $1.25/1 IP + two $0.50/1 insert)
Maggi Sweet Chili Sauce – $2.69
Old El Paso Taco Sauce = 79¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Mahatma Rice x 5 = 15¢ (five $0.50/1 IP)
Hunt’s Pudding x 3 = $5.98 (B2G1 PQ)
Lays Chips x 2 = $4 ($1/2 IP)
Mott’s Snack & GO x 2 = $1 (IP & PQ)
Who Knew Cookies = $2

Ok so I spent about $70 after gas card coupons and a remnant gift card.  I know that sounds like a lot but I got a TON of groceries and it’s really only $13 over my weekly budget I shoot for. Plus I will get a little cash back from ibotta. I was able to stock my freezer and pantry with items that we will use over the next few weeks!
So have you guys had a good week? Any excitement in your neck of the woods? Feel free to share your totals in the comments below or link up.

Weekly Totals 2/28 – Share Your Savings

February 28, 2014 

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

It’s been a fairly uneventful week in my neck of the woods. The big fun right now is that little league baseball season has started up. Our evenings and weekends are soon to be even more chaotic with all the practices and games plus Scouts. Then of course there are play dates, art class and my boys also want to add karate in the mix – oh my!

This is definitely the crazy busy time of year for me. As you can see by menu this past week, I am making easy meals to adjust for all the running around that’s going on. You will likely see more of these kind of meals for the next few months. And for all of you guys who have commented and emailed asking about continuing the menu to match the Publix sale, I am going to do my best to keep it going. I am so glad you all found it helpful. Hopefully I can come up with good options to match the sales each week.

I did a little shopping last weekend and might try to run to Publix tonight while my oldest has practice. Here’s my list. While I was able to use a bunch of things I had on hand, I did purchase a few of my menu items before they were on sale so I could have the recipes ready for you guys. Luckily I had a $25 Publix gift card from a promo here on the site to offset that extra cost icon wink Weekly Totals 2/28   Share Your Savings

Jennie-O Turkey = $2.99 ($1 insert)
Buns = $1.35
Sweet Potatoes = $1.11
Fresh Express Salad = $1.25 (75¢ IP)
Garlic = 38¢
Zucchini = 72¢
Squash = 72¢
Bell pepper = 80¢
Broccoli = $1.12
Bananas = $1.71
Tomatoes = $1.35
Cucumber = 79¢
Ham = $1.65
Publix cream = $2.59
Milk = $4.09
Pizza dough = $2.79
Oscar Mayer Turkey = $4.99
Publix Turkey = $4.99

I spent about $20 of my grocery budget after the gift card. Not too bad but I did forget a few items that I wanted to pick up. I am hoping to remember them tonight icon wink Weekly Totals 2/28   Share Your Savings If I get a chance I will update the list tonight…otherwise I will just add it to next week’s totals.

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

Weekly Totals 2/21 – Share Your Savings

February 21, 2014 

480dadcc4b23fe806c1e716352c2af7f Weekly Totals 2/21   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday! We had a bunch of rain last night but boy oh boy, it’s a beautiful day here in Chattanooga. I am really looking forward to this weekend. I think we are supposed to have temperatures close to 70 degrees this weekend. So much better than the 6 – 8 inches of snow we had a few weeks ago!

We went back to Atlanta this weekend for my niece’s birthday party and to grab a few more things from our our house. I hate to admit that we still have not moved everything yet. After that leak that caused the damage, things got put on hold. We had to wait for all the insurance junk to see what would be covered (thus how much we’d have to cover the repairs). Now, we are trying to get some repair folks set up. That means getting the house on the market is on hold for now. My hope is that we can get that baby on the market by April. Cross your fingers as I really need that to be off my plate.

Apparently in our travels last weekend, I ate something that did not agree with me AT ALL. I had a very rough couple of days. I cooked for the guys on Monday and Tuesday but on Wednesday I told them to fend for themselves. My husband opted for a visit to Subway to grab a couple of sandwiches. I was finally able to kick it yesterday. Since food was not high on my priority list (and leaving the house wasn’t really a good option) my husband dropped by the store for me to grab a few items I needed this week.

I guess the positive way to look at the stomach bug is that I saved money and lost a few pounds–tee hee. We have no plans this weekend so I am making my shopping list now and will pop over to Publix at some point this weekend and do a leisurely trip all by myself icon biggrin Weekly Totals 2/21   Share Your Savings

Here’s what my husband got this week. Not a huge list but still over $20 for the week – c’est la vie

Garlic – 93¢
Parsley – $1.29
Carrots – $1.79
Bananas – $1.55
Milk – $4.09
Jimmy Dean Sausage – $4.99
Mt Olive Pickles – $3.09
Publix Pickles – $2.59

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

Weekly Totals 2/14 – Share Your Savings

February 14, 2014 

1d9ddd0c1d79bec60acd378348ecd943 Weekly Totals 2/14   Share Your SavingsHappy Valentine’s Day everyone!!

Well this week has been a weather fiasco once again. My boys went to school only one day this week. We did get a fair amount of snow so I get why it was canceled….but, I need a little break every now and again–tee hee.  Monday is President’s Day and they are off yet again – oh boy!! At least everything is just about melted so I might be able to at least get out of the house. We are all getting a bit stir crazy!

I actually ended up going to Publix last Friday after I got everyone fed. I needed a few things for Jake’s birthday party and didn’t want to chance running out before the party on Saturday morning. While I was shopping I went ahead and grabbed stuff I needed for this week.

It’s probably a good thing I did or we wouldn’t have had any fresh fruit or veggies. The only thing we ran out of this week was milk. But we did make it through yesterday so the boys only had to do without this morning. Jake has a buddy over today/tonight so I’ll see if my husband can grab a gallon or just wait until tomorrow and get out solo to do some shopping.

Onions, $2.99
Broccoli, $2.70
Celery = 99¢
Grapes = $3.84
Strawberries = $2.99
Green Onions = 75¢
Watermelon = $2.95
Lemon x 2 = $1.33
Carrots = $1.99
Bananas = $1.75
Cucumbers = $1.58
Shrooms = $1.79
Grape Tomatoes = $2.99
Jalapeño = 20¢
Birds Eye Veg x 2 = $3.64
Diana’s Banana Babies = $1.25 (Publix DQ)
Quaker Chewy x 2 = $1.79 ($1/2 tearpad)
Nature’s Own Bread = $1.05 ($0.55/1 IP)
Mezetta Peperoncini x 2 = $1.99
Pretzel Crisps x 2 = $3.29
Publix Party Rounds = $2.99
Coke Zero = -$1 (free prod q + PQ)
Laughing Cow = $4.99
Eggs = $2.69
Angel Soft x 2 = $6 (two $2 IP)

I was at about $65 this week. I estimated my tax as I had some party items on my receipt and I just didn’t feel like trying to figure out the exact number.

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

Weekly Totals 2/7 – Share Your Savings

February 7, 2014 

jake 8th b day Weekly Totals 2/7   Share Your SavingsHappy Friday everyone! It’s party time at my house – my oldest kiddo turned 8 today. Jake is so excited to have his party tomorrow with all of his friends.

Jake had a ton of friends that he had to leave when we moved to Tennessee. I was never worried that he wouldn’t be surrounded by a bunch of friends there. I was a bit nervous if I would get anybody RSVP for the party here. While my boys are still young, being the new kid at school can be hard. But as of right now, we have a nice little group who have RSVPed for tomorrow – woo hoo!

I have lots of cleaning and a ton of laboratory flask cookies that I need to whip up tonight (we are having a mad scientist party). I will leave you guys with my totals so I can get busy.

Since I did not shop last week, I was ok having to spend a little more this week. Here’s what I picked up.

Kraft Mayo $1.45 ($0.50/1 IP)
Tuttorosso Sauce x 4 = $2 (two $1/2 blinkie)
Publix Kidney Beans = $1.89
Mahatma Rice x 4 = $1.16 (four $0.50/1 insert)
Vlasic Farmers Garden = $1.25 (75¢ PQ + $0.50/1 IP)
Cheez-Its x 2 = $3.09 ($1/2 booklet Q)
Mt Olive Jalapeños = $1.55
Couscous = $7.29
Hidden Valley Packets x 3 = $4 ($1/3 PQ)
Goldfish = $6.99
Pepperidge Farm Hoagie = $0 (free wyb goldfish PQ)
Sea Best Salmon = $0 (free dig Q)
Old El Paso = $1.99 ($2/1 PQ + $1/ IP)
Pepperidge Farm Toast x 2 = 89¢ (two $0.50/1 IP)
DiGiorno x 3 = $8 (B2G1 IP + $2/2 TQ)
Breakstone Greek = 5¢ ($1/1 IP)
Eckrich Sausage = 65¢ ($1/1 IP)
Frigo Cheese = $1.99 ($0.35/1 IP)
Milk = $4.09
Sabra x 4 = $4 (four $1/1 IP)
Bell Pepper = $1.10
Bananas = $1.31
Carrots = 99¢
Shrooms = $1.99
Cucumber = 75¢
Strawberries = $2.50
Roast = $12.26
Kandoo = $1.99 ($1/1 IP)
Coca Cola x 2 = $0 (free prod qs)

I was a little over $82 this week. I needed to stock up on a few things which brought my totals up a bit. Still a good week.

How did you guys do this week? Share your weekly totals in the comments below or link up.

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