Friday, August 29, 2008
Monday, August 11, 2008
THE SALE IS ONLY GOING ON THRU TUESDAY AT THE WINDER PUBLIX AND THRU WEDNESDAY AT THE CHATEAU ELAN PUBLIX.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Simple Tips for Living on Little
Here are a few ideas which allowed us to live on $800-$1000/month without going into debt:
Last but not least, make it fun! It's a game for me to see how well we can live on how little. Learn to enjoy saving money. And, like Get Rich Slowly admonishes, don't let a frugal lifestyle become dull and boring.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Infants/Childrens Advil Liquid $5.79 with $5.79 back. The booklet says the limit is 1, but the limit is actually 2. I purchased two using a $2.50 off purchase of $10 of any pain relievers coupon that the magic scanner machine printed for me when I got there, so I made more ECBs than I paid with (ch-ching!). Here's a coupon for $1 off, which you can also use to make a little moola with this deal.
Friday, August 1, 2008
We camped at Skidaway Island National Park in a pop-up for vacation. Skidaway is near Savannah and Tybee Island. The kids had a great time! We saw all kinds of animals. In the wild- deer, dolphins, birds, crabs, big spiders, and unfortunately chiggers. In captivity- sharks, fish, snakes, turtles, crocodiles, and lizards. Here are some pictures.
Just a little background info on how I used to shop. My husband and I would go to Walmart weekly and drop at least $200. I would rarely use coupons, I would do price comparison some, but mostly was a "brand snob". Had to have Charmin toilet paper, Huggies diapers, Tide clothes detergent, etc. Then my friend Karen Allen told me she shopped for her family, of then 4, for $400 a month at Publix. I thought she was crazy (sorry Karen, you know I love you). How could anyone possible spend just $400/month at Publix when I couldn't even do that at Walmart for 2 weeks. But then I tried it using coupons and BOGO's and still had a hard time. I would usually come in budget but then would have to end up spending more before next grocery day........ And then I found Money Saving Mom and coupon mom and a few other sites. Now our goal is $60/week and we have been very good and sticking pretty close. I normally pull $60 cash out a week and that is my limit. This week though I decided to go ahead and pull out $120 b/c of the great deals at Publix and Ingles and go ahead and shop for 2 weeks (b/c I was late shopping, I will actually get to pull out another $120 at the end of next week, so it won't be a full 2 weeks.)
Picture #1 is Publix, where I spent 26.72.
At publix if something is BOGO(buy one get one free) then you actually could only buy 1 and pay half price, you don't have to get 2 to get the sale. Also if you get 2 items at BOGO you can use a coupon on each item(so you can use 2 coupons on BOGO). Also Publix doubles coupons up to .50 and takes all competitor's coupons, such as CVS, Ingles, Target, etc..
2 Mayfield Icecreams- 2/$6, used 2$1 coupons= $2 a piece
4 Betty Crocker brownie mixes- BOGO @ 2.69/box, 4/.50 coupons(doubled)=.35 a box
2 Chips Ahoys - BOGO= $1.70 a piece
3 Dole fruit bowl packs-BOGO @2.65 each, 3/.50 coupons(doubled)=.33 a pack
3 Dole fruit parfait packs-BOGO @2.65 each,3/.75 coupons=.58 a pack
6 boxes Quaker granola bars-BOGO @2.79 each, 3/$1 off 2coupons=.90 a piece
2 Pop Tarts-BOGO @ 2.19 each=$1.10 each
4 Barilla pastas-BOGO @ 1.45 each, 2/.50 off 2boxes coupon(doubled)=.23 a box
2 Kraft mac-n-cheese-BOGO @ 1.97 each=.99 a box
2.70 lbs grapes @ .99/lb=2.67
1 reusable shopping bag = .99
Using advertised sales and coupons I saved $56.30. So the full total of my groceries would have been $83.02.
Picture #2 is Ingles where I spent $97.92.
This week at Ingles they were tripling .50 coupons, they normally double as Publix does.
1 box of Luvs diapers 80 count - $18.98, I had a coupon for $5.00 I had sent for on-line=13.98
1 bag Underjams for Syd- on sale for $9.98, I had a $2 coupon=$7.98
2 boxes Pampers wipes- on sale for $2.78 each, I had 2 $.50 coupons(tripled)=$1.28 each
2 Suave body washes- $2.98 each, I had 1 bogo coupon and 1 $.50 coupon=$.74 each
1 6-roll Angel Soft- $3.68, I had a $.50 coupon(tripled)=$2.18
2 Suave deodorants- $1.98 each, I had 2 $.50 cent coupons(tripled)=$.48 each
6 3-gallon Deer Park waters- On sale for $1 each, I had 3 $1/2 coupons= $.50 each
6 cans of Pringles- on sale $1 each, I had 2 $.30 off 3 coupons(tripled)=$.70 each
6 Kellogs fruit snacks- 3/$5, I had 3 coupons for $.50 off 2(tripled)= $1.17 each
2 gallons Milk= $3.48/gallon!!!! Almost a whole dollar less than Publix
1 Cheerios snack mix- $2.00, I had a $.50 coupon tripled = $.50
1 Chex Mix- $2.38, I had a $.50 tripled= $.88
5 Pillsbury cinnamon rolls-5/$5, I had 5 $.30 coupons tripled =$.10 each
1 Pills bury French loaf- BOGO @ $2.27 each, $.35 coupon tripled=$.09 each
1 box Jellos singles- $1.50, $.50 coupon tripled=FREE
1 Duke mayo- $1.68
1 jar pickles-$1.88
1 container Crystal Light- $3.28, I had a $.50 coupon I requested on-line(tripled)=$1.78
1 Betty Crocker Warm Delights- on sale for $1.67, I had a $.50 coupon tripled- so it was only$.17
3 Bumble Bee Tuna-$.83 each
Over 5 lbs Tyson boneless, skinless chicken breast- on sale @ $1.98/lb, bought 2 packages, 2 $.55 coupons
2 Domino sugars(dark and light brown)-$.98 a piece, 2/$.30 coupons tripled- so they were $.08 a box
3 boxes Curves bars-3/$7, I had 3 $.50 coupons(tripled)= $.83 each
1 loaf of bread-$1.11
1 package hamburger buns-$.55
1 package hotdog buns-$.56
2 packages ball park franks- 2/$5, I had a $1/2 coupon=$2 each
3 lbs apples-$4.98
4 lbs oranges-$3.98
2 squash- $1.07
4 peaches- $3.29(I just realized I was actually overcharged for this, they were on sale for$.88lb and I was charged $1.28/lb) Oh well.
3 tomatoes- $1.72
1 can resolve- $4.64, I had $1 coupon= $3.64
1 spray-n-wash- $2.68, I had a $.50 coupon(tripled)=$1.18
1 coffee-mate- this was free from a coupon I registered for on-line
2 nature's way rice-a-ronis- these were free plus I made $1 off of them b/c they were on sale for $1 each and I had 2 .50 coupons which were tripled.
1 box Austin crackers- on sale for $1
I think that is everything, if anyone has any questions let me know.I had the check out girl total everything up before she scanned my Ingles card and the total was $199, then after she scanned my card it was $164, after coupons the grand total was $97.92!!
I also am stocked up on cereals, toiletries, cleaners, cheese, beef, canned and frozen veges, and breakfast items to last probably 3-4 weeks or more from previous shopping trips.
Hope this helps.