Thursday, May 20, 2010

May 20th Target deal

Subtotal = $4.23
Tax = $1.53
Total = $5.76

Monday, April 20, 2009

Monday's Shopping Trip

First, I stopped at Ray's Apple Market to get my free Dawn. Can you believe that I almost forgot about this deal?

Total OOP = 11 cents (all tax)

Later on, I stopped at Walgreens to work some Register Rewards. I almost was not able to do the Skintimate deal more than once because the cashier told me it was "one offer per customer." ??? She said she would do it for me this time. After I got done with her, I just hit another register w/a different cashier - no problem.

Total OOP = $24.80 (including tax) + I still have $5 Register Rewards to spend.

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

February City Bill vs March City Bill...

So you may remember this post where I talk about my electric and water savings. I shaved another $5.67 off of this month's bill. That's about $33 less than what I was paying two months ago. I guess that's not too shabby. I was just expecting a much bigger difference this month with all of the line drying and shortened wash cycles I've been doing. But hey...$33 is $33. Add that up over a year's time and it's $396. I'll take it!

Saturday, April 04, 2009

$26.09 left to spend in April

Yesterday, I spent a total of $43.91 of my $70.00 grocery budget for April. I had to get the shopping out of the way because I will be w/out my vehicle for a good part of the next two weeks as it will be in the shop for repairs. These repairs ($775) are a big part of why I have skimmed so much on the grocery spending for March and April. While I'm obvioulsy not happy about having to pay out $775, I'm stoked that I will not have to touch my savings to pay for it. I get so discouraged when I have to pull anything from savings. I've worked so hard to build an emergency fund, and each time I just get it up to $1000, life throws me a curve ball and I'm pulling from my emergency fund to cover it. Not this time, though!

Anyway, back to my Friday shopping trip. This is the loot (pic doesn't include the items I spent $1.44 on earlier in the day).

I shopped at Ray's Apple Market, Dillons, Walgreens, and Walmart. I utilized as many coupons that I could that would net me free items (Del Monte canned vegetables, Farmland Bologna) and free w/overage items (Glucerna cereal = $2 overage, Knox Gelatin = $5.36 overage, Diet Pepsi = $5 overage). I chose store or off brand where it made sense to do so (that loaf of wheat bread was 49 cents and the 15 lbs of Russet Potatoes were $2.48 at Ray's). And I could have done better. I didn't need two bottles of Snuggle or four bottles of Softsoap, but I have this compulsion to stockpile items I use when I get a great deal on them. It's something I just can't kick. I'm sure many of you can relate.

All in all, I'm very happy with what I got for the amount I spent. I have $26.09 left for the month of April, which doesn't sound like a lot. But considering what I already have stockpiled, all I really will need to buy are the basics like milk, bread, and I think it's doable.

Friday, April 03, 2009

Farmland coupons

You can sign up to receive Farmland product coupons by registering here. I did this a while back and received eight coupons (via snail mail).

Here's what I got:
2- $1 off coupons on any Farmland product
2- $.75 off coupons on any Farmland product
4- $.55 off coupons on any Farmland product

These don't expire until 12/31/09!

Cherry picking...

I've set my grocery budget at $70 for this month! I'm hoping to accomplish this by cherry picking the best of the deals!

Today I picked up two rolls of Farmland sausage for 19 cents each. They were on sale for $1.00 at Ray's and I had two $1.00 coupons from a Farmland home mailer.

I picked up a four pack of Yo-Plus from Dillons for 69 cents. It was $2.69, but has $1.00 off coupons (you can print this one right off of my sidebar if you wish) PLUS I had loaded another $1.00 off coupon from Shortcuts to my Dillon's card.

So, the total I spent today including tax was $1.44. That leaves me $68.56 for the remainder of the month. Wish me luck!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

New coupons from the P&G eSaver

It's time to reload those Dillons/Kroger cards with all of the new P&G eSaver e-coupons! The last batch expired yesterday and the new batch is ready to load. These new e-coupons expire on June 30, 2009.

Get your P&G eSaver e-coupons here!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Grocery expenses - 1st Quarter

I decided to start tracking my expenditures this year...something I have never done before. I will break this down with the amounts that I actually spent on groceries (food, health/beauty, pet) per month:

January = $309.34
February = $170.11
March = $74.15
Total = $553.60

That figures out to an average of $46.13 per week, which is not bad for a family of two (plus one cat). A few things to consider, however...I am spending next to nothing on health/beauty products as I'm relying on my stockpile for those. I'm also getting my hamburger for free right now because my parents have some cattle and recently gifted us with a freezer full of hamburger. On the other hand, I'm still stockpiling the great deals that I find on groceries and health/beauty items with that $46.13 per week. So while I would love to cut my grocery expenses even more, I'm not sure if that is really realistic if I continue to stockpile. I know it can be done. I see a lot of you with families of four or more who do this all the time. I guess I just need to reevaluate everything and proceed from there. In the meantime, I'm curious to know how many of you consider health & beauty items to be grocery expenses. So feel free to comment on that as well as any tips you might have for cutting your grocery bill. I would love some input!