May 17, 2013
It’s been another busy one for us. The week included the final baseball game for the season and a fun field day! This is the first weekend in months where I don’t have anything planned. No baseball games, no birthday parties, nothing planned that requires me to be somewhere at a certain time. You better believe I am doing a happy dance! I can’t wait to sleep in tomorrow. My little early birds will probably be up at 6 am. Fingers crossed they give me a little break and at least allow me to sleep until 8 am!
Since I shopped last Thursday I really didn’t need anything for this week. I was hoping to grab a few more Visa gift cards with the last ad but I really couldn’t think of anything to buy and didn’t want to spend money just to save a few bucks. I will likely hit Publix this weekend or early next week to take advantage of the Running Out Run In rebate. We’re also out of milk so I might have to hit the store sooner than later.
That means I spent $0 from my grocery budget this week. I’ll have to live vicariously through you guys!
How did you do this week? Share your savings in the comments or link up to your weekly totals below.
May 10, 2013
This week was teacher appreciation week which doesn’t seem like it would be too difficult with only two kids – right? Well, my boys have a total of 7 teachers! Jeb goes to two schools – Pre-K and Special Needs Pre-K where he has a total of 4 teachers and a speech therapist. Jake has his regular 1st grade teacher and his accelerated placement teacher…yes my boys are completely OPPOSITE!!
The PTA folks were very thoughtful and sent home suggested treats and gifts ideas to send in for the teachers each day throughout the week. You should have seen my dining room table. I had to label all the bags with stickies so I could keep track of what went where each day this week. It was almost comical seeing the huge spread all over the place. Thank goodness all the goodies have been passed out and I can actually see my table top again.
Then there was baseball practice, a baseball game, swim lessons, Muffins with Mom, an IEP meeting for my little on PLUS all of our typical things that we do each week. Tomorrow, I have to squeeze in a baseball game, lunch with my mom and Jake has a birthday party to attend. Let me just tell you…I can’t wait for Sunday. My plan is to have NO PLAN!
My idea of a good Mother’s Day is to sleep in and let someone else do all the cooking and cleaning. I am not sure I even want to go out to dinner. Maybe my husband will fire up the grill and cook up some steaks and veggies for us. I will have to see what they surprise me with! I hope you guys have some fun (or relaxation) planned for this weekend too.
As for shopping, I did make it to the store once. I didn’t need a ton of stuff but I did want to grab a couple of Visa gift cards. I threw in a few treats to get over the purchase requirement – here’s what I picked up:
Nature’s Own Bread = $1.60
Thomas’ English Muffins x 2 = $4.19
Publix Pretzels = 1¢ (penny item)
Oreos = $2 ($1/1 IP)
Splenda x 6 = $3.54 (six $2/1 insert)
Tyson Dino Nuggets = $2.15 ($0.85/1 IP)
Pepperidge Farm Cake x 2 = $2.50 (two $0.50/1 Insert)
Laughing Cow x 2 = $4 ($1/2 tearpad)
Marzetti Dips = $1 ($2/1 IP)
Bananas = $1.45
Salmon = $10.83
I was under $20 for the week. I used a $5 Publix coupon and saved another $10.10 with the Visa gift card coupon. I need a couple more gift cards so I am going to go through my pantry and fridge and stock up on anything I might need. Hopefully I have some FREE product coupons in my coupon box that will also help me a bit!
How did you guys do this week? Leave a comment or share your weekly totals.
May 3, 2013
Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have had a great week. It’s been a busy week here at my house, but that’s par for the course. I think I’d be bored without all the chaos.
I looked at the calendar and noticed that the boys finish school THIS month! Seriously, it feels like they just started the school year. I am not sure if I am prepared for them to be home everyday. I have a few activities planned to keep them busy over the summer. I might have to come up with a few more…I’m going to miss my little bit of free time while they are in school. Don’t get me wrong, I love them dearly, but I need some alone time to get all my to-dos done.
I did get a chance to shop solo this week and also made a quick run to Publix with my youngest son. Here’s what I grabbed over those trips -
Publix Pork Tenderloin x 8 = $30.52 (eight $2/1 Publix coupons)
Banquet Turkey Sausage x 2 = $2
Banderita Corn Tortillas = $1.09
Mission Chips = $3
Handi-Snacks Jello x 2 = $2.14
Snyders Pretzel Pieces x 10 = $0 (ten $1/1 insert coupons)
Sticky Fingers BBQ Sauce x 4 = $5.98
Mott’s Snack & Go x 2 = $1.80 (two $1.10 IP)
Talenti Gelato x 2 = $2.99 (two $1/1 IP)
White American Cheese = $7.74
Eggs = $0 (Kroger Free Eggs Coupon)
Breakstone Sour Cream = $1.25
Avocado x 4 = $4
Cilantro = $1
Limes x 4 = $4
Watermelon = $3.18
Bananas = $1.73
Jalapeño = 48¢
Serrano Pepper = 88¢
Tomatillos = $3.09
Corn x 3 = $1
Garlic = 51¢
Tomatoes = $1.67
Lettuce = $1.69
Tomatoes = $1.58
My total was about $77 after two $5 Publix gift cards and a $25 Publix gift card. That means I ended up spending around $52 from my grocery budget this week. I consider this a very successful trip especially since I was able to stock my freezer with pork tenderloin plus get all my ingredients for my Cinco de Mayo recipes (be sure and check them out if you haven’t already…I’d love for you to pin them if you like them!). I even grabbed several bottle of my husband’s favorite barbecue sauce! A very successful week for me!
How did you guys do this week? Share your savings or link up with your weekly totals!
April 26, 2013
Happy Friday everyone. I hope you all have had a great week!
It’s such a nice day here in Atlanta. The boys are having fun jumping on the trampoline as I type. I am hoping our baseball game doesn’t get rained out tomorrow…it’s perfect weather for watching a little league game! Besides that my only big plan is to relax a bit…maybe watch a movie or two.
Not a big shopping week for me. I did one small trip to Publix to grab milk and a few sale items. My guys had a few breakfast requests, so I added them to my list. Even with those additions I only spent about $24 this week.
Fruit Salad = $3.81
Milk = $3.29
Publix Bread = $1.89
Snyders Pieces x 10 = $0 (ten $1/1 insert)
Little Bites = $1.25 ($1/1 Kroger mailer)
Palermos Pizza x 3 = $6 (three $1/1 IP)
Toaster Strudel x 2 = 95¢ ($0.50/2 IP)
Tennessee Pride Sausage Biscuits = $5.69 ($1 IP)
How did you guys do this week? Leave a comment sharing your deals or link to your weekly totals.
April 19, 2013
Happy Friday everyone. It’s been a rainy ugly day here in Atlanta but I can’t complain as the rest of the week was beautiful. Jake had baseball practice/games this week and the weather really was perfect. I think the rain is supposed to clear up for the weekend. I really hope it does as this is the first time in quite a while we don’t have a long list of thing to do! I hope to relax a bit and get my house organized a bit.
As far as shopping this week, I did a nice big trip at Publix. I knew it was going to be a fairly big trip. Typically, shopping early is usually a good time. The store is not as crowded as if I were to wait until the afternoon. For some reason my store was hopping when I shopped. I had a bad feeling about checkout…and sure enough it was not the most fun I have ever had. Mrs Bonnie (my favorite cashier) is a doll. She has been at my store for years and is kind and patient with all of my coupons. At checkout, I try to give people a heads up that I will be using coupons so they can choose to wait or move to another register.
Apparently the woman behind me cared more than she thought. It might have taken 5 – 6 minutes for Mrs. Bonnie to scan my coupons. In that amount of time the woman behind me must have made at least 25 rude comments. She even got the woman behind her in on the action as well. Now guys, I have developed a pretty tough skin over the past few years. I have dealt with all kinds of rude folks and can typically just ignore them without a second though. This week I must have been in a bad mood as the gals behind me really got to me and I felt my face getting hot. It took everything in me to not turn around and give them a piece of my mind. Instead, I smiled at them –BUT DID NOT APOLOGIZE FOR ANYTHING! Once Mrs Bonnie had finished…I smiled, thanked her for her patience and very loudly noted that I saved almost $150 in about 5 minutes (coupons and smart shopping)! I then turned to those women, smirked my best smirk and watched their jaw drop. I told them to have a great day and walked out with my head held high.
Yes…it has just been that kind of week.
Thomas’ English Muffins x 2 = $4.19
Jimmy Dean Sausage – $4.99
State Fair Corn Dogs = $1.75
Marie Callender’s Mini Pies = $1.24
Edy’s Outlast - 33¢ ($2/1 IP)
DeWaflebakkers Pancakes = $0 (free prod Q)
Fresh Express = $2
Bananas = $1.43
Plums = $1.89
Mushrooms x 2 = $3
Asparagus = $1.64
Eggs = $0 (free product Kroger coupon)
Fresh Take x 2 = $1 (two $1/1 IP)
Reser’s Meal x 2 = $3.50 (two $1/1 IP)
Chicken Wings – $15.09
International Delight x 4 = $2.64 (4 $1/1 tearpad)
Cottonelle Wipes = $2.74 (two $0.50/1 IP)
MiO x 8 = $7.16 (four B1G1 PQ + eight $1/1 tearpad)
Splenda = $2.24 ($2/1 insert)
Hunt’s Snack Pack x 3 = $3 (B2G1 PQ)
Glory Muffins x 4 = 20¢ (four $0.35/1 insert)
Weber Marinades x 8 = 80¢ (four $1/2 insert)
SunBird Fried Rice Packets x 2 = 94¢ (two $0.80/1 IP)
Ritz Bits x 2 = $2.09 ($1/2 tearpad)
Ken’s Dressing = 78¢ ($1/1 kroger mailer)
Pop Tarts x 3 = $4.10 ($1/3 IP)
Contadina Sauce x 2 = $0.50 ($0.50/2 IP)
Hunt’s Tomatoes x 4 = 80¢ (two $1/2 IP)
Scotch Brite Sponges x 2 = $2 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Clorox Toiler Cleaner x 2 = $1.32 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Sunlight Dishwasher x 2 = $6.98 (two $1/1 PQ & $1/1 IP)
Glade Plugins = 75¢ ($1/1 IP & $1/1 TQ)
I spent about $51 after my Publix coupon and Publix gift card. I really stocked up and even managed to get my husband his expensive chicken wings without too much damage to my budget.
I hope you guys had a great week. Share your weekly totals in the comments or link up!
April 12, 2013
Happy Friday everyone! I hope you are all safe and sound after those big storms last night! We were tucked away in a hotel in Chattanooga and actually watched the light show while safe and sound in the indoor pool. The mom in me was a bit nervous about being in the water with all of that lighting going on but my husband and the hotel staff assured me that we were safe. We’re still here…so I guess they were right
As for shopping this week…I have NADA to share. We just didn’t need anything before we left so I didn’t bother to shop at all this week.
That means I get to sit around tonight and check out all the great deals you guys got! So, be sure and share your weekly totals in the comments or drop your links below!
April 5, 2013
I had plans to shop on Thursday but my oldest son got sick on Wednesday evening. I wanted to have some bananas on hand for Jake to eat on Thursday morning – in case he wanted some food. My produce box was not set to come until late Thursday afternoon, so my sweet husband said he would run to the store for me. He even agreed to grab the items on my weekly grocery list.
Overall he did pretty good. His only mistake was buying the Spring Mix salad. I am sure you guys have noticed that variety offers the fewest ounces of greens. It looks great but it is almost half the amount of salad that you get if you go for the romaine. Still, not having to go to the store was a great treat and so I really could not complain.
I had sent him with a $5 Boy Scout card coupon and told him to use it if he happened to get over $50 in groceries. I knew I didn’t have that much on my list…but, I also knew he might decide to grab something not on the list. I figured the coupon was a way to cover any unexpected expenses. When I looked at the receipt I gasped a bit and thought he had used that $5 coupon when he did not spend $50. Then I looked closer and noticed that he had received a 5% discount. It took me a second and then I burst out laughing……….they had given him the 5% senior discount–tee hee!
Once I finally composed myself, I told him what had happened and he kinda giggled and said well I guess I must look like a 50 year old man to that young girl. I giggled again and said…”Um – honey, she thought you were over 60.”
I think he is somewhat used to it so it doesn’t bother him anymore. There have been many times that people think he is the boys’ grandfather. It’s all because of his hair. He started going grey in his teens and was totally grey in his early twenties. So now that he is in his 40′s – what hair he has left is completely silver. I just chuckled and told him that his hair saved us 5%. I might just start sending him on Wednesdays when I need to do a really big shopping trip–tee hee!
So here is what we got this week -
Milk – $3.29
Fresh Express x 2 = $2.90 (two $0.55/1 insert)
Plums – $2.09
Bread = $1.89
Red Gold Tomatoes x 4 = 80¢ (two $1/2 IP)
Boston Butt Roast – $13.11
Slim-A-Bear Ice Cream – $1.63
Crystal Light x 2 = $3.49
So our total this week was right over $33….after the senior discount
How did you guys do this week? Leave a comment or link up and share your weekly totals!
March 29, 2013
It’s been a busy week here at my house but I am very excited about the fun weekend ahead. The boys had little egg hunts today at their schools and are very anxious to see what the Easter Bunny will bring when he visits them here on Sunday. My family is coming here so I really need to be cleaning my house right now instead of typing–tee hee.
I actually hit Publix several times this week. I had to pick up various items requested by teachers AND since I wasn’t quite as organized as I needed to be – it meant a couple of trips to the store. I actually have to do one more run tonight. My husband said he would take the boys to horseback riding tonight so that I can get some last minute Easter items and grab a couple of things I need for the Hummingbird cake I am making.
I am going to estimate no more than $3 for the spice cake mix and cream cheese that I need to pick up. I am betting it will be less… but just in case
I did grab a big NY strip roast in one of my trips. I couldn’t resist – that price is just awesome. With that purchase, it put me over my $40 that I try to aim for each week…but remember I budget for the year. That means I just want to average $40 each week. Some weeks will be higher and others lower…hopefully it all evens out at the end of the year!
Here is what I grabbed on my other trips this week (I just combined the trips into one list to make it easier)
NY Strip Roast, $27.43
Banquet Turkey Sausage x 4 = $4
Tyson Chicken Sandwiches = $1 ($2 PQ)
Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs x 2 = $3.20 (two $1/1 peelies)
Cream = $2.89
Sabra Hummus x 4 = $4 (four $1/1 PQ)
Danimals Crunchers = 25¢ ($1/1 IP)
Bananas = $1.44
Ginger Root = $1.56
Baby Carrots = $1.98
Wesson Oil = $1.75 ($0.55/1 TQ)
Splenda x 2 = $0 ($1/1 TQ & $2/1 PQ)
Hellmann’s Mayo = $0 ($1.50 PQ & $0.50/1 peelie)
Ocean Spray Craisins x 4 = $2.90 ($1/2 TQ)
Planters Cashews x 2 = $2.90 (two $1/1 IP)
Mullers Macaroni x 2 = $1.57
Swanson Broth x 4 = $3.38 (two $0.50/1 IP)
Dove Chocolate x 2 = $2 ($1/2 IP)
I ended up spending about $63 this week after a $5 Publix coupon. I am pretty dang proud of that total since almost half is one slab of meat that will be several meals for us!
How did you guys do this week? Leave a comment or link to your weekly totals.
March 22, 2013
Remember when I said I wasn’t going to shop for a while? Well – Hi, I’m Michelle and I am a shopaholic…tee hee! I stayed away for a few weeks but I just couldn’t take it anymore. There were some deals that I just did not want to miss.
The following list is actually several trips combined. I hit last week’s sale and then did a quick trip this morning to grab a few items from the new sale. Overall I think I did pretty good as I will get $5 back with the corned beef rebate and I will get a buck or so back when I send in my receipts to ibotta!
I was a little bummed that my $2 Tyson Publix digital coupon didn’t come off. I purposely bought a stuffed bowl and the sandwiches. I had a paper coupon for the stuffed bowl so I had assumed the $2 would come off for the sandwiches and instead the $1.10 digital coupon for the bowls ended up coming off. Oh well, I may try to just buy one more box of the sandwiches sometime before the sale ends to see if my $2 coupon will come off.
I know in the past posts I have done about the Publix digital coupons, you guys have suggested doing a separate transaction just for the items that have a corresponding digital coupon. I think that may be my best bet
Hre’s what I got this week -
Bananas = $1.34
Watermelon = $3.37
Cabbage = 71¢
Corned Beef = $10.73
Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meat x 2 = $0 (free product coupons)
Sabra Hummus, $2
Jennie-O Bacon = 50¢ ($0.50/1 IP)
Jimmy Dean Crumbles = $1 ($2 wyb OJ Spring Savings Booklet)
Tyson Bowl/Sandwiches x 2 = $3.80 ($1.10 Digital Q & $1.10 IP)
Magnum Ice Cream x 2 = $1.80 ($1.50/1 PQ & two $0.60/1 IP)
Danimals Crunch = 25¢
Sargento x 2 = $3.10
Breakstone Sour Cream = $1.25
Eggs = $1 (free wyb 2 Sargento PQ Spring Savings Booklet)
OJ = $3
DeWaflebakker = $0 (free prod Q)
Newman’s Own Pizza = $4 ($1 IP)
Thai Kitchen Noodles x 2 = 10¢ (two $0.50/1 IP)
Old El Paso Taco Mix x 3 = $1.71 ($0.40/3 IP)
McCormick Brown Gravy x 4 = $0 (two $0.50/2 IP)
World Harbor Marinade x 2 = $1.88
Lance Crackers x 4 = $4.18 (two $1/2 IP)
Bertolli Pasta Sauce x 4 = 58¢
Starburst Jelly Beans x 2 = $2.78($1/2 PQ & $1/2 MQ)
Dove Chocolate x 2 = $2 ($1/2 IP)
Coca-Cola 12 pk x 3 = $0 (B2G1 sale & two free prod Q)
Coke 20 oz = $0 (free prod Q)
Colgate Kids Toothpaste = $1.69 ($0.50/1 insert)
Maybelline Eyeliner = $1.59 ($2 PQ & $1.50 IP)
Sunlight Dish Liquid x 3 = $1.17 (three $1/1 IP)
After two $5 Publix coupons, I spent about $54 this week. Since I have not done much shopping over the past couple of weeks, this is a pretty nice total. While I added a bunch of items to my pantry, fridge and freezer – all of it will be used.
How did you guys do this week? Leave a comment or link to your weekly totals.
March 15, 2013
This is a busy time of the year so often I have to pick and choose what all I can accomplish each week. Most weeks I can’t quite seem to accomplish everything on my list. Luckily there was nothing I really had to have from the grocery store…so I didn’t even put that on my list of to-dos!
I will admit that I am having a few withdrawals from not shopping – tee hee! I think I may have to do a quick run tonight to grab some of the BOGO Bertolli Pasta Sauce. My husband was assigned to bring a bunch of pasta sauce in a crockpot for Jake’s Cub Scout banquet tomorrow. He’s such a nut…he told me that he would need the sauce a couple of days ago. When I mentioned that it would have been a good thing to let me know ahead of time, he commented that we had plenty in the pantry. He didn’t see the issue with taking 4 – 5 different varieties and throwing them all in the slow cooker. I am not sure how that would have tasted…but, I’m sure it would have been a pretty color.
I also need to grab some bread and milk…and I am hankering for something sweet. I may have to think of something to whip up tonight or I may just pop over to the Publix Bakery
If I shop tonight I will just add the details to my list for next week. That means this week I get to check out all of your totals. Share your savings in the comments or link to your weekly totals.