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!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 2011 Week 4

Going into Week 4 I was already close to using up all of my budget! Love this week's Deals and Freebies to help keep me on track!

Kroger (spent $4.89 saved $4.82)
2 half gallons Silk Almond Milk (used two $2 printables)
1 bunch bananas
1 jar peanut butter

Commissary (spent $3.28 saved $0)
1 head of lettuce
1 pound of tomatoes

Walgreens (spent $2.53 saved $10.30)
1 Sinful Nail Color (used $1 Walgreens MQ)
5 Reach Toothbrushes (used 0.99 in ad-q and $1 printable and $3/3 MQ)

 Target (spent $7.28 saved $25.48) 
2 bottles Soft Scrub 
(used two $1 TQ and two $1.50 printables)
1 bottle Up & Up All Purpose Cleaner with Bleach (used $1 catalina)
2 bottles Suave Shampoo (used two 0.75 TQ)
1 Jar Planter's Sunflower Seeds (used 0.75 TQ)
4 boxes Jello (used $1/4 TQ and B3G1 TQ)
2 boxes Triscuits & 2 boxes Wheat Thins (used B3G1 TQ and two $1/2 MQ)
1 NYC Lipgloss (used $1 catalina)
2 Revlon Clippers (used $2 printable)

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 57.76
Total Savings $ 40.60
Total Out of Pocket $ 17.16
Percent Saved 70%

March 2011 Week 3

Sadly, my Walgreens did not have all of the deals that were available in other parts of the country :( I also learned that you cannot use a RR when purchasing that manufacturer's product hoping to get a second RR :( I usually don't do the RR deals, but they seemed to good to pass up this week, and well they weren't, but ya win some ya lose some and I still got some good deals!

Kroger (spent $9.57 saved $68.02) I love when Kroger has their Mega Sales!
1 cantaloupe
12 boxes Ronzoni Pasta (used six $1/2 printables)
2 boxes Annie's Organic Mac & Cheese
2 tubs Philly Cooking Cream (used two $1.50 peelies)
5 Yakisoba Noodles (used five 0.50 MQ)
2 Helluva Good French Onion Dips (used two 0.55 MQ)
1 Box Tyson Anytizer Wings (used $1 MQ)
1 (2 liter) bottle Sprite
1 Pull Ups Big Bag (used Free MQ)

Wal Mart (spent $12.32 saved $0) I know I know! This was a quick last minute trip to pick up some things for a BBQ. I ran out of time to make it myself and it cost me :( 
1 (3 lb) bag Cuties
2 lb Amish Macaroni Salad
2 lb Cole Slaw
2 lb Amish Potato Salad

Walgreens (spent $8.58 saved $40.41) 
Transaction #1
2 bottles Irish Spring Body Wash (used two 0.50 MQ)
Got back $4 RR

Transaction #2
2 bottle Irish Spring Body Wash (used two 0.50 MQ)
6 bottles Right Guard Deodorant (used three BOGO MQ)
4 boxes Cream of Wheat (used four $1 MQ, but because they were on clearance for 0.50, they adjusted the coupon down to 0.50)

Amazon (spent $17.54 saved $142.46) I love finding good deals online!!
10 (16 ct) boxes Larabars

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 298.90
Total Savings $ 250.89
Total Out of Pocket $ 48.01
Percent Saved 84%

March 2011 Week 2

Not a great Week, but there were definitely some deals out there to be found...

Kmart (spent $5.06 saved $20.00) I did 2 transactions here so that I could use those 2 $10 coupons from last week. After getting home, I realized that the Coke rang up .30 higher than they were supposed to, which was an additional $3.00 out of pocket, but I hate Kmart with passion and decided that it was not worth the $3 to go back in there! Both transactions were identical.
6 Diet Coke 2 Liters
1 bottle Extra Virgin Olive Oil

PetSmart (spent $20.26 saved $9.00)
2 (20 lb) bags Pedigree
Kroger (spent $14.17 saved $24.62) also had $3 Cellfire bonus coupon!
1 canister Kroger Shortening
1 (2 lb) bag Kroger Powdered Sugar
4 pkg Butterfinger Snackers (used two $1/2 MQ and $1/2 Kroger EQ)
2 boxes Corn Chex (used two 0.50 MQ)
2 boxes Rice Chex (used two 0.50 MQ)
1 (12 Roll) pkg Charmin (used $1 MQ and $3 Kroger EQ)
2 bottles Silk Soy Milk (used two $1 MQ)

Amazon (spent $22.34 saved $9.57) 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.)
There is often a 20% off coupon code for the diapers in the American Baby or Parenting magazine, which I did not have this time :(
1 (156 ct) box Huggies Diapers

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 125.02
Total Savings $ 63.19
Total Out of Pocket $ 61.83
Percent Saved 51%

Saturday, March 05, 2011

March 2011 Week 1 Commissary Trip

For all the military folk, the commissary is a great place to find deals. You do have to be careful when purchasing because on a lot of items I can use double coupons at other stores and that just doesn't happen at the commissary, but they have lower prices on a lot of name brand items and I can use coupons there. There are even military only coupons that I can take advantage of. This week, I found a lot of items that I normally buy at Sam's that were on sale or cheaper with coupons than anything I could have imagined at Sam's for the same product. Purchasing these bulk items definitely sent my savings percentage plummeting, but, overall, I saved more than I would have if purchasing at Sam's. So after gallavanting through the aisles with all the other irritated kids for 2-1/2 hours, 114 items, 76 coupons, and a dozen cookies later (thank God I remembered to put the in the backpack!), this is what we came home with:

Commissary (spent $168.11 saved $92.21)
8 bottles Old Spice Deodorant (used two $1 MQ from Everyday Solutions Book and three $1/2 MQ)
8 bottle Old Spice Body Wash (used B1 deodorant G1 body wash free)
2 bottles Pantene Shampoo and Conditioner in 1 (used $1 off conditioner when you buy shampoo MQ and $1 MQ)
1 bottle Pantene styling cream (used Buy 2 Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner Get 1 Free Styling Product P&G Military Coupon)
1 bottle Johnson's Baby Wash (used $1 MQ)
4 boxes Marcal Tissues (used four $1 MQ)
2 Playtex Sippy Cups (used two $1 military MQ)
1 bottle Cascade Dishwasher Drying Agent (used $1 MQ from Everyday Solutions Book)
2 bottle Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (used $1/2 MQ)
1 refill pkg Cottonelle flushable wipes (used Free MQ- promotion from FB)
4 pkgs Reynold's baking cups (used four 0.50 MQ)
1 box (50 bags) Lays Chips (used $1 peelie)
4 pkg Ritz Cheese & Crackers (used two $1/2 military MQ)
1 bag marshmallows
1 bottle Mrs Dash (used .50 MQ)
1 bag coconut flakes
1 bottle Pompeiian Balsamic vinegar
1 bottle Heinz red wine vinegar (used .50 MQ)
2 bottles Hoisin Sauce
1 package Chi-Chi's tortillas (used .50 MQ)
1 big can Chef Boyardee Ravioli (used Free MQ- from WalMart.com promotion)
6 bags Hinode Rice (used six .55 MQ)
2 canisters oatmeal
2 bottles pancake syrup
1 (34 oz) canister Maxwell House Coffee (used $1 printable)
1 (20 ct) box Taster;s Choice Vanilla Coffee singles (used $1 MQ from FB promotion)
2 boxes Honey Nut Chex (used two .85 MQ)
1 box Kix (used .50 MQ)
4 cartons Hungry Jack Instant Hash Browns (used two $1/2 MQ)
2 (family size) pkgs Tyson fresh Chicken Breast ($1.50 lb!!)
2 (3 ct) pkg Steaks
1 Beef Roast
2 pkg Bar-S Hotdogs (used $1/2 MQ)
4 (1 lb) rolls Louis Rich ground turkey
2 bags Popcorn Fish (used two $1 MQ)
2 (44 ct) bags Gorton's Fish Sticks (used two $1 MQ)
2 (8 ct) bags El Monterey Burritos (used BOGO printable and $1 MQ)
2 (8 ct) bags El Monterey Chimichangas (used BOGO printable and $1 MQ)
1 (1 lb) bag frozen corn
2 (2 lb) bags frozen broc,cauli,carrot mix
1 (2 lb) bag frozen mixed veggies
2 (6 ct) pkg Danonino Yogurt cups (used two $1 MQ)
4 (4 ct) pkg Danimals Yogurt cups (used four $1 MQ)
4 blocks Cooper cheese (used four .40 military printable)
2 dozen eggs (used .55/2 printable)
1 carton Egg Beaters (used Free MQ from WalMart.com promotion.
2 (32 oz) bottles Simply Orange Juice (used two $1 printables)
1 bunch celery
1 (8 lb) bag Oranges
1 bunch cilantro
2-1/2 lb red grapes
1 (3 lb) bag onions
1 (8 oz) pkg mushrooms
1 (3 lb) bag Cuties (used .55 MQ)
1 (10 lb) bag Idaho potatoes
1 (3 lb) bag red delicious apples

Adding it all up March Week 1 Totals:
Total Grocery Bill $ 528.58
Total Savings $ 315.76
Total Out of Pocket $ 212.82
Percent Saved 60%

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

March 2011 Week 1

It is shaping up to be a great month of savings so far! Saved $223.55 and it is only March 1! I haven't even been to the commissary yet! There were too many deals this week that I just couldn't pass up! Kmart is having double coupons up to $2 in health and beauty and if you buy $35 in P&G products, you get a $10 coupon to use next week! Here are the deals:

Kroger (spent $8.43 saved $26.14)
20 Banquet Brown n Serve Sausage 10 pks (had rain check from last week's Daytona Deals)
2 bags Gardetto's Snack Mix (used two .50 MQ and .50 Kroger EQ)
4 boxes Zatarain's rice (used two .50/2 coupons and $1 Kroger EQ)
1 bottle Tide Stain Release liquid (used $3 MQ and $3 Kroger EQ)
1 Old Spice Deodorant (used $1 MQ from Everyday Solutions Book)
1 bottle Old Spice Body Wash (used B1 deodorant G1 body wash free and $1 Kroger EQ)

Walgreens (spent $4.15 saved $64.16) I was really going to Walgreens for the Baby Magic items that were $3 with a $3 RR, but my store was sold out! :( I ended up having to do 3 transactions see below for the breakdown)
Transaction #1
2 bottles Motrin PM (used $6/2 MQ - and got back $3 RR)
Transaction #2
2 bottles Motrin PM (used $6/2 MQ - and got back $3 RR)
Transaction #3
4 bottles Tylenol Precise Pain Relief Cream (used two $6/2 MQ)
2 boxes Splenda (used two $2 MQ)
1 box Nestle Cocoa (had to get a filler so I could use the $6 in RR from the first 2 transactions)

Target (spent $2.41 saved $35.28)
1 bottles Up & Up All Purpose Cleaner (used $1 catalina)
1 bottles Up & Up Mouthwash (use $1 catalina)
2 bottles Excedrin (use $3 Target Printable and .75 MQ)

2 packages Orbit Gum (use .75 Target Printable)
2 packages Reeses Peanut Butter Cups Singles (used $1 Target Printable)
1 jar Planters Sunflower seeds (used .50 Target Printable)
4 bottles Maalox Chewables (used $5 MQ)
2 tubes Blistex (used $1/2 MQ)
1 bottle Purex Detergent (used $3 MQ)

Walmart (spent $6.40 saved $11.55)
8 packages PictSweet Frozen Veggie Singles (used .75/2 MQ)
4 bags Millstone Coffee Singles (used $2 MQ)

2 dozen eggs (used .55/2 printable coupon)

Kmart (spent $23.32 saved $86.42) I did 2 transactions here so that I could get 2 $10 coupons. Also the double coupon event is good for 5 coupons per customer per day when you spend $25 in health and beauty so I did 1 transaction and my son did the second!
Transaction #1

4 bottles Olay Face Wash (used four $1 MQ)
4 bottles (18 oz!) Olay Ribbons Body Wash (used four Buy 1 Face wash Get 1 Body wash Free MQ)
4 bottles Olay Complete Moisturizer (used four Buy 1 Body wash Get 1 Moisturizer Free MQ)

Transaction #2
4 bottles Olay Face Wash (used four $1 MQ)
4 bottles (18 oz!) Olay Ribbons Body Wash (used four Buy 1 Facewash Get 1 Bodywash Free MQ)
4 bottles Secret Deodorant (used four Buy 1 Bodywash Get 1 Deodorant Free MQ)

Adding it all up:
Total Grocery Bill $ 268.26
Total Savings $ 223.55
Total Out of Pocket $ 44.71 (and $26 of that was tax!)
Percent Saved 83%