Wednesday, November 26, 2008

$3.47 and $2.07

I'm way behind on my blogging. I am very pleased with all the frozen vegetables that I was able to get on sale matched with coupons for $.10 and $.19 each. Needless to say our freezer is full. It's hard not to stock up when you get them at that price. With Thanksgiving tomorrow, I tried to plan dishes around what I had on hand. I only had to buy a couple of items at full price. I am planning on making a Creamy Spinach Casserole and a Cheesy Veggie Pasta and the costs that you see above is what each one will cost me. I can't believe that I am getting away with spending so little. Coupons really do help!! I usually try to plan 2 dishes because we have such a large family that gets together at my moms and I have in the past spent as much as $30 on my pot luck dishes and that is not even cooking the Turkey and main fixings. I am so excited to say that I will have 2 good sized casseroles for under $10.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Hope everyone has a great day!!!!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Walmart Again!

I forgot puppy pads and Italian dressing at Walmart when I went this weekend so I had to make another trip. With the rain and cold weather, my dogs don't want to go outside. I went yesterday the 11th of the month which must be national go to Walmart day and of course I made the run on my lunch hour. There were people blocking the isles chatting and I had to wait in line forever. I should have known when I had to park 4 miles away it was going to be crazy. I didn't do too bad. My subtotal before coupons was $47.15 and my total with taxes after coupons came to $23.14. I took this picture with my cell phone. I thought it would make it easier to show all my cool finds but the quality of the picture is awful so I will try not to do it often. Here is a run down of what I got.
1 Puppy Pads - $6.97
1 Italian Cheese - $2.84
4 Green Giant Steamer Veggies - $1.50 each less $1.00 coupon =$.50 each
1 Wishbone Italian Dressing - $1.78
4 Campbell's Cream of Mushroom -$.60 each less $.40 coupon off 4 = .50 each
4 Campbell's Cream of Chicken -$.60 each less 4/$.40 coupon = .50 each
Garnier Shampoo - $2.96 less $1.00 coupon =$1.96
4 Good Bites dog snacks - $3.62 each less $3.62 coupon = free
6 Johnson Soaps - $.97 each less 2 $3.00 coupons when you buy 3=free plus .03 overage on each.
Angel Hair pasta -$1.50 less $1.00 coupon =$.50

The Green Giant Steamers and the Campbell Cream of Chicken and Cream of Mushroom are on sale at my Walmart this week. I bought a few this past weekend but decided that the deal was good enough to buy a few more.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Hudson's run

I've decided that most of our food money goes to produce and junk food. I spent $25 on what you see below. Apples, Kiwi, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumber, 2 bags of salad, 6 chicken burritos, chicken, and 3 crab meat. I have decided that I really like Hudson's produce and meat departments. It says right on the item if it is from the USA or not. If it is not from here it says where it is from. (BUYING FROM THE USA IS A BIG DEAL AT OUR HOUSE!!) They run good sales so I am going to start watching and try to buy these items there. My next stop was Walmart and we were out of junk food. It's been several months since I have bought any. It almost feels like there is no way to get grocery costs down as low as I would like. There are people out there with a family of 4 that has a $40 a grocery budget a week and some as low as $20 a month for a family of 2. It is a lot of fun hunting bargains but I don't think I will ever be that good.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Shopping Day Sunday

Breanna and I made a rather large shopping trip on Sunday. We hit 3 stores. I spent way too much. Country Mart was having a pretty good meat sale so I bought 2 roasts, chicken, steaks. I also picked up some frozen veggies that were on sale and some Rice A Roni. We then went to Walmart and spent a ton more on fruit, salsa, laundry soap, socks, etc. I also comp ad stuff at Walmart so I don't have to drive all over town. On comp I got boneless Pork Chops which would have cost me $8.70 but I got them for $5.83 and shredded cheese for $1.50 each. I purchased 4 which should last a couple of weeks. The off brand has been running $2.26 so it was worth it to stock up. I didn't use but a few coupons. Mainly because it was less to buy a larger product that 2 smaller ones. So sad. :(

My best coupon run of the weekend was at Walgreen's. If you have thought about starting the Walgreen's game this is the week to start. Pick up a Easy Saver book at the front of the store and buy 2 Almay Mascaras on sale buy 1 get 1 free this week at $6.49. Then send off for the rebate of $6.49 and you will get 2 for free. If you have your rebate put on a gift card you also get 10% more. Anyway, here is a run down of what I got. 8 - Holiday gift bags - this weeks sale 8/$1.00 =$1.00
1-Glade flameless candle - $5.99 -$3.00 manfg coupon from Sunday paper =$2.99
(will send off for $2 rebate)
2-Almay One Coat Mascara -$6.49 buy 1 get 1 free -$1.00 manfg coupon =2/$5.49
(will send off for $6.49 rebate)
4 - Extra Gum -$1.19 buy 1 get 1 free =4/$2.39
-$1.00 register reward
-$1.00 register reward
-$1.00 register reward
Total after tax $10.06 and will get $8.49 +10% back on rebates at the end of the month.