We all know the economy sucks and everyone is looking for ways to cut back and save a few bucks. My family is no different. I save a ton of money each month with coupons and other deals. I will be tracking my coupon savings weekly so you can see how I save and maybe find a deal or 2 you can use too! Be sure to check out the links on the right side of the page for more great savings inspiration. Happy Saving!

Monday, February 21, 2011

February 2011 Totals

Overall, February was a good month. I was able to stock up and reestablish my 3 month food storage. Here's what I spent and what I saved: This includes $21 spent on newspapers.

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 652.95
Total Savings $ 320.66
Total Out of Pocket $ 332.29
Percent Saved 49%

YTD Totals:
Total Grocery Bill $ 1151.64
Total Savings $ 487.37
Total Out of Pocket $ 664.27
Percent Saved 42%

February 2011 Week 4

I didn't really need anything this week so I just went out to get some stockpile items. I was bummed today when I went to Kroger to stock up during the last week of the Daytona Deals sale. My Kroger was out of everything on my list- No worries I got rainchecks for everything and will definitely be cashing them in over the next couple of weeks when the shelves have been restocked. So here's what I came home with:

Kroger (spent $1.01 saved $19.34)
9 cups Yoplait Yogurt (used $3 daytona coupona and used .50/8 MQ and buy 2 get 1 free MQ-this was the free cup Facebook promo for my state)
2 pkg Starkist Tuna (used two .50 printables)
4 pkg Carefree Liners (used four 0.50 MQ)
4 Colgate Toothpast (used four 0.50 MQ)

Walgreens (spent $1.48 saved $3.33)
5 boxes Royal gelatin (used 5 for $1 in ad Q)
1 bag Ruffles Molten Hot Wings Chips (used Ruffles FB promo coupon)

Target (spent $8.28 saved $48.62)
3 bottles Up & Up All Purpose Cleaner (use $1 Target Printable)
3 bottles Up & Up Mouthwash (use $1 Target Printable)
2 bottles Up & Up Ibuprofen (use $1 Target Printable)

2 bags Halls cough drops (use .50 Target Printable and .50 printable)
2 (3 pks) packages Dentyne Gum (use $1 Target Printable and 0.75 MQ)
2 boxes Kellogg's Crunchy Nut Cereal (use $1 Target Printable and $1 printable)
6 pkgs Eveready batteries (use $1 MQ- Energizer makes eveready so you can use their coupons!)
7 boxes (20 ct) Finish Powerball Dish Detergent (use $2.25 MQ or use $1.50 Target Printable and 0.75 MQ)

**I also scored 2 pairs of jeans on clearance for $4.98 and used the $5 Target printable to get some free jeans (not included in the above total).

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 82.06
Total Savings $ 71.29
Total Out of Pocket $ 10.77
Percent Saved 87%

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

February 2011 Week 3

It was another sad week in the coupon world, but with the sales this week at Kroger, I was able to stock up on a few things that I don't normally purchase. Here's what I got this week:

Kroger (spent $13.86 saved $30.83)- Also got a coupon for $3 off my next Kroger purchase because of the Daytona Deals
2 boxes Totinos Pizza Rolls (use 0.40/2 MQ)
4 boxes El Monterey Tornadoes (use four 0.75 MQ)
1 box General Mills Milk and Cereal Bars (use 0.50 MQ)
3 boxes (1 gallon 2 quart) Hefty Freezer bags (use three 0.15 peelies)
4 Dove deodorants (these were 2 for $4 last week and I had to get a raincheck) (use four $2 MQ)
2-1/2 lb red grapes
1 lb bananas

Dollar General (spent $1.14 saved $12)
6 (40 ct) boxes Gain Fabric Sheets (use four $3 MQ)

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 57.83
Total Savings $ 42.83
Total Out of Pocket $ 15.00
Percent Saved 74%

Thursday, February 10, 2011

February 2011 Week 2 Diaper Deal

I did this deal last month too and it is by far the best price on diapers I have ever paid! My grocery budget includes diapers so finding this savings is awesome. I usually pay $38 for 204 diapers at Sam's :(

On Amazon, if you sign up for Amazon Mom, you get free 2-day shipping and and extra 15% off diapers and wipes.
Right now they are also running a deal when you sign up for subscribe and save, you get an additional 15% off (I selected the 6 month shipment, that way when my diapers come in a couple days I can cancel the subscription and not be billed again.)
I also found a 20% off coupon code for the diapers in the American Baby magazine.
So for a 156 ct box of Huggies Snug and Fit Size 3 diapers, I paid $15.96 (0.10 per diaper!)

For the wipes, I didn't have an additional promo code so I was only able to use the subscribe and save discount for an additional 30% off, which is still a good deal. I got 3 (216 ct) refill packages of Huggies Natural Care Wipes for  $14.22 (0.02 per wipe!)

Here is the breakdown of savings:
____________Diapers     Wipes     Total     
Original Price   $31.91       $20.31   $52.22   
Saved                $15.95       $  6.09   $22.04
Total Paid          $15.96       $14.22   $30.18
% Saved              50%             30%        42%

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

February 2011 Week 2

I was so bummed when I got the coupon ads in Sunday's paper. I didn't even clip 25 coupons! I usually clip enough to cover almost all of my kitchen table (it's huge-seats 8), but even with the handful of coupons I clipped, it was worth the time spent. When I went to Kroger, I had to get a few rain checks, but I did score some free candy for the kids. We are definitely stocked up on candy! I like to have a little on hand to set out when we have guests, and at these prices, I couldn't pass it up! Here's what I got this week:

Kroger (spent $0 saved $11.09- This never happens here. I think there was something wrong with the register, and it was taking off the tax with the coupons so it actually said they owed me $0.41!, and the cashier was really puzzled so he just handed me my bag and told me to have a good night!)
2 single serve packs Starburst (use .50/2 coupon)
2 single serve packs Skittles (use .50/2 coupon)
4 single serve packs Mentos (use four .50 coupons)
4 bags (6 packs) Airheads (use four .50 coupons)

Walgreens (spent $10.14 saved $30.32)
1 (32 oz) bottle Walgreens Pure Honey (use in-ad coupon for $3.99 price)
2 (10 oz) bags Almond Joy Pieces (use $2/2 MQ and $2/2 WQ from February playbook)
2 (10 oz) bags Reese's Pieces (use $2/2 MQ and $2/2 WQ from February playbook)
2 (10 oz) bags York Peppermint Patty Pieces (use $2/2 MQ and $2/2 WQ from February playbook)
2 (10 oz) bags Hershey's Cookies and Cream Drops (use $2/2 MQ and $2/2 WQ from February playbook)

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 51.55
Total Savings $ 41.41
Total Out of Pocket $ 10.14
Percent Saved 80%

Thursday, February 03, 2011

February 2011 Week 1

I have successfully reestablished my 3-month food supply thanks to all the stores with great sales this week and to all the manufacturers and your awesome coupons! If I wanted to, I could sit back and relax the rest of the month without visiting 1 more store, but we all know that won't happen!

Here is the breakdown of what I got by store

Target (Spent 7.45 Saved 12.71)
If you buy 2 bags chips at 2/$5 the salsa is free
4 bags Tostitos Chips (use four 0.55 coupons)
2 Jars Tostitos Salsa (use two 0.55 coupons)

GFS (Spent 8.62 Saved 3.00)
Flour Tortillas

Sam's (Spent 55.83)
Box of 28 bags of ACT II Popcorn
2 bags On the Border Tortilla Chips
1 bag Craisins (actually had to return to Sam's and buy a 2nd bag of these because the first didn't make it home with me- not really sure what happened. I think a vampire swooped down while I was loading my car and decided the kids were too whiny so they settled for Craisins-Both bags are included in the total.)
1 bunch Bananas
1 bag Hormel Bacon Bits
6 1/2 pounds fresh chicken breasts
8 lb bag oranges

ALDI (Spent 18.16) For those not familiar with ALDI, it is a discount grocer with great produce!
1 bunch Bananas
1 bunch Celery
4 Avocados
4 Cucumbers
2 cans Baking Powder
2 (5 lb) bags granulated Sugar
4 (5 lb) bags White Flour

Walgreens (Spent 20.96 Saved 9.84)
5 (12 roll) packages Cottonelle toilet paper (use $1 Walgreens playbook coupon and five 0.50 coupons)
5 boxes Royal Gelatin (5/$1 with in-ad coupon)

Publix (Spent 18.91 Saved 50.24) Publix has great BOGO items and they double coupons up to 0.50- I can't wait until the one in Clarksville opens this fall! Until then, Mimi will enjoy spending some extra time with the grandkids while I visit the Publix in Franklin!
2 tubs Lloyd's BBQ Pork (use two $1 coupons)
12 jars Pace Picante Sauce (use six 0.50/2 coupons)
4 jars Mt Olive Pickles (use four 0.50 coupons)
8 packets Knorr side dishes (use four 0.50/2 coupons)
1 box Publix crackers (Wednesday is penny item day. If you spend $10 you can get that weeks item for only a penny- love cheap crackers!)

Kroger (Spent 55.09 Saved 44.00) Kroger doubles coupons up to 0.50 as well, and this week they are having their Mega Event which means if you buy any 10 of the Mega Event items, you get an extra $5 off.
5 bottles French's Spicy Mustard (use five 0.50 coupons)
4 Reach toothbrushes (use four 0.50 coupons)
6 packages Bar-S Hot dogs (use three 0.50/2 coupons)
2 Boxes Sea Pak Shrimp Poppers (use two $1 coupons)
3 bags Nestle Chocolate Morsels (use $1/3 coupon)
4 packages Knorr Veggie Dip Mix (use four 0.50 coupons)
1 box Knorr Onion Soup Mix (use 0.50 coupon)
1 (3 lb) bag Kroger frozen Salmon fillets
1 (3 lb) bag Kroger frozen Swai fillets
1 (3 lb) bag Kroger frozen Cod fillets
1 (10 lb) bag Kroger frozen Chicken Legs
3 (2 cup) bags Kroger shredded cheese

Commissary (Spent 60.18 Saved 23.30) The commissary is a great place to save. Not only are a lot of their prices cheaper than other stores, there is NO TAX (which in TN saves about 9.5%- not included in my savings total), and you can use coupons!
2 Playtex Sippy Cups
2 (25 count) boxes Glad Storage bags (use $1/2 coupon)
6 boxes Marcal Tissues (use six $1 coupons)
4 Old Spice deodorant (use two $1/2 coupons)
1 LA Looks Hair Gel
1 (4 lb) box Baking Soda
2 bags Diamond chopped Walnuts (use $1/2 coupon)
1 (5 lb) bag fresh Carrots
1 (3 lb) bag McIntosh Apples
1 (1 lb) bag Kidney Beans
1 (1 lb) bag Great Northern Beans
4 (12 count) boxes Ortega Taco Shells (use two $1/2 coupons)
4 bottles Wishbone Italian Dressing (use four $1 coupons)
2 boxes Rice Chex (use $1/2 coupon)
2 bottles pancake syrup
2 canisters Oatmeal
1 bottle Kikoman Teriyaki Sauce (use $1 coupon)
1 bottle Kikoman Ponzu Sauce (use $1 coupon)
2 dozen eggs (use two 0.55 if you buy 1 Kikoman product coupons)
1 bottle Vanilla Extract
1 (2 lb) bag frozen Peas
1 (2 lb) bag frozen Mixed Veggies
1 (2 lb) bag frozen Green Beans
1 (2 lb) bag Baby Carrots
1 (1 lb) bag frozen corn
2 (1 lb) bag frozen broccoli
6 (1 lb) pkg Ground Turkey
4 (1 lb) pkg Eckrich Smoked Sausage (use four 0.55 coupons)
2 (8 count) pkg Hamburger Buns

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 388.29
Total Savings $ 143.09
Total Out of Pocket $ 245.20
Percent Saved 37%