Sunday, April 20, 2014

Frugal Easter

A walk through the store and glance at all the Easter paraphernalia can make it seem like an expensive proposition. To give my kids a fun Easter basket, I start planning a while ahead of time. Here's what they got and how I afforded it:

My 7 year old daughter:
  • Assorted candies: used coupons to make them free or very cheap
  • Lego Friends 75 piece set- combined coupons at Meijer to get it 40% off
  • Toy camera, lip gloss, Hello Kitty toy- 90% off after Christmas
  • Cotton candy - 90% off after Valentine's day
  • Bubbles - 70% off Target dollar spot area
  • Sidewalk chalk - free after coupons
  • Chapter book: $.99 at the thrift store
My 3 1/2 year old son:
  • Kite, 90% off from last Easter clearance
  • Star Wars Angry Birds toy - 90% off and an mPerk made it free
  • Assorted candies: used coupons to make them free or very cheap
  • Toy camera, lip gloss, Hello Kitty toy- 90% off after Christmas
  • Cotton candy - 90% off after Valentine's day
  • Bubbles - 70% off Target dollar spot area
  • Sidewalk chalk - free after coupons
  • Bubble bath - $1 after discounts at Meijer
My 16 month old daughter:
  • Fill and spill purse toy from thrift store for 1.99
  • 2 stuffed my little pony toys, used coupons and paid .99 each
  • teddy bear 90% off after Valentine's day
  • Pack of 5 pairs of socks for .90 after discounts at Meijer
  • Assorted candies, cheap or free after coupons
I also got a bowl full of candy for the grown-ups to enjoy. Our Easter ham was in the freezer since the special at Aldi last November. The sides were au gratin potatoes, corn, and rolls that I had coupons for. I made a cake from a boxed mix and made frosting from scratch. We'll use the leftover ham for the next few days until it's gone.

With plastic eggs I saved from last year, I tossed them around the yard for an egg hunt for my kids.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Meijer, Rummage Sales

Rummage sale has begun in Ohio. I rely upon these sales for crafting supplies and clothing for the kids. I've learned which sales are the best and what is the ideal time to get there to find what I need. I had a list of what I wanted to get and I did pretty well.

Rummage sale 1:
This is a good sized sale that I've shopped at for years. I found several outfits for my daughters, a few clothing items for me ($.25 per clothing item), plus one toy for each kid for good behavior (the $.50 was worth it!). I also found a new with tags pillow pet to replace the one that my oldest had that fell apart. She was thrilled. I spent $12.25.

Rummage sale 2:
This sale is huge and only held once a year. I've been going for quite a while and it's close to my house. I found one huge bag of crafting stuff for me and my oldest, including stickers, sequins, rhinestones, yarn, cardstock, a knitting loom and instruction book, photo trimmer, shape cutter and templates, beads, cross stitching supplies, stork scissors, needles and thread. I also got 3 pairs of shoes, two bags of clothes, one new with tags purse for my oldest (she loved it and wore it to an event later in the day),  six new bottles of bubbles for the kids to play with outside this summer, a glass baking dish and a kimono for dress-up. I spent $22.

Meijer: Not much on sale this week.
I got asparagus $.99/pound.
A bag of bell peppers clearanced to 1.09.
Pineapple 1.48
also:
Allegra clearance 1.20 - $3 coupon adjusted down = free
4 Rolaids @4.86 -4 x 4.50/1 coupons
angry birds toy 1.30 (90% off) -3.00 mPerk adjusted down
3-pack CFL light bulbs 2.25 -2.00 mPerk
2 enfagrow @6.49 -2 x 2.99/1 printable coupons and -2 x 5.00/1 formula 'checks'
7 activia 4-pack yogurt 50% off markdown to 1.09, -7 x $1/1 coupons
2 silk yogurt mark down to .60x -2 x $1/1 printable coupons
2 Degree deodorant trial size @1.00 -2 x $1/1 printable coupons

Target Trip 1: Fantastic in-ad, mobile, and printable coupon for $10 off a $50 grocery purchase that could be combined with other coupons and discounts.

I did two transactions so my total for food would be $50, so I could maximize the coupon and get the full cartwheel discount on each item. The coupon is available in mobile, printable, and in-ad form.

In all, I got:
4 mini-wheats cereal 2.50 -50% cartwheel -$1/3 coupon
4 rice krispies cereal @3.39 -25% cartwheel -2 x $1/2 coupons
8 boxes market pantry crackers, assorted varieties and prices, -4 x $1/2 coupons and -5% cartwheel
2 pack marshmallows @1.27 -2 x $1/1 peelies on the rice krispies
5 bags tollhouse chips @2.29 -4 x .55/1 target coupons - 2.50/5 catalina coupon -5% cartwheel
2 packs strawberries @1.50 -5% cartwheel
margarine 2.49 -20% cartwheel -.50 coupon
4 bags frozen smoothie mix @2.00 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
8 cans corn @.70 -4 x .50/2 target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 lunch meat @2.69 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
6 cream cheese @1.00 -2 x $1/3 target coupons -5% cartwheel
3 dunkin donuts coffee @6.99 -1.00/1 peelie -1.50/2 coupon -10% cartwheel -$5 gift card when you buy 3

I also got these non-food items:
4 childrens' mucus relief @1.62 -4 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
3 target allergy medicine @2.19 -3 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 rolaids @3.67 -2 x buy 1 get 1 free coupons
4 Allegra allergy @4.18 -4 x $5/1 coupons
4 sunscreen @1.02 -4 x .75/1 target coupons
4 ibuprofen @1.15 -5% cartwheel - 2 x $1/2 target coupons
Hello Kitty travel case 2.98 clearance (gift for daughter)
I paid $65 for everything.

Target trip 2, transaction 1:
Hawaiian punch gallon size 2.29 -1.00/1 printable coupon
market pantry juice 2.24 -1.00/1 mobile -5% cartwheel
mushrooms 1.50
2 hungry jack hash browns @1.20 -2 x .50/1 printable
4 market pantry can tomatoes @.74 -2 x .50/2 Target coupons
3 boxes mini-wheats @2.50 -50% cartwheel -$3/3 printable coupon
2 boxes rice krispies @2.75 -25% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
2 Thomas bagels @2.99 -20% cartwheel -2 x .50/1 coupon
marshmallows .99 -$1 peelie on rice krispies
3 strawberries @1.50 -5% cartwheel
4 market pantry smoothie @2.00 -4 x $1/1 target coupon
milk 2.89 -5% cartwheel
3 sunscreen @1.02 -3 x .75/1 coupon
sinus medicine 2.07 -$1/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
allegra 4.18 clearance -5.00/1 coupon
up & up mucus relief 1.62 -$1/1 coupon -5% cartwheel
2 always pads @.94 -2 x $1/1 coupon
2 rolaids @3.89 - bogo coupon auto deducted 5.50
2 shredded cheese @2.33 -$1/2 mobile coupon -5% cartwheel
suave 1.89
vaseline lotion 2.99 -2.00/1 coupon
2 st ives body wash @3.99 -2 x 3.00/1 coupons
2 suave @2.89 -2 x 1.50/1 coupons
-$10/50 food purchase
-.20 I brought my own bags
I paid 28.62 and got back $10 in gift cards from the suave/vaseline/st ives.

Transaction 2:
candy 2.89
hawaiian punch 2.29 -1.00/1 coupon
lunch meat 2.69 -5% cartwheel -$1/1 target coupon
A1 sauce 2.99 -1.00/1 coupon
3 mini wheats @2.50 -50% cartwheel -$3/3 coupon
2 rice krispies @2.75 -25% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
2 alphabits @2.69 -2 x $1/1 printable and -2 x $1/1 Target coupons
2 starbucks coffee @3.49
5 nestle chips @2.29 -4 x .55/1 target coupon -2.50/5 catalina coupon
marshmallows .99 -1.00/1 peelie on rice krispies
4 cans corn @.64 -2 x .50/2 -5% cartwheel
-.20 I brought my own bags
-$10/50 food purchase
-$10 gift cards from previous transaction
I paid $7.25.

Target trip 3 transaction 1:
4 mini wheats @2.50 -50% cartwheel
2 rice krispies @2.75 -25% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
2 honey bunches of oats @3.24 -2 x $1/1 printable and -2 x $1/1 target coupons
5 nestle chips @2.29 -4 x .55/1 target coupons -2.50/5 catalina
4 smoothie mix @2.00 -4 x $1/1 target coupons
2 applesauce @1.96 -5% cartwheel
2 rolaids @3.89 -bogo
4 cans veggies @.64 -2 x .50/2 target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 ibuprofen @1.15 -2 x $1/2 target coupons -5% cartwheel
3 cough drops @1.82 -3 x $1/1 target coupons -5% cartwheel
-$10/50 food purchase
-.20 I brought my own bags
Paid 21.15.

Transaction 2:
gum 1.29 -.50 target coupon -.50 mfc
2 tomato paste @.51 -15% cartwheel
2 market pantry cheese @3.04 -5% cartwheel
cream cheese 1.00 -$1/3 market pantry cheese
4 mini wheats @2.50 -50% cartwheel
2 rice krispies @2.75 -25% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
3 cans peaches @.89
can pineapple 1.00
marshmallows .99 -1.00 peelie on rice krispies
4 crackers @1.49 -5% cartwheel -2 x $1/2 target coupons
4 applesauce @1.96 -5% cartwheel
-$10/50 food purchase
-.20 I brought my own bags
I paid 21.57.

Target Trip 4: My daughter informed me she needed belts. It is true; she has no hips and is thin so any shorts that are long enough to cover her rear end are so loose that they fall off and give her plumber butt.

Transaction 1:
3-pack girls belts 9.99
girls dress 4.48
shirt 5.00
accessory 2.38
-$5/25 clothing and accessories purchase
milk 2.89 -5% cartwheel
3 cheese @2.33 -5% cartwheel -$1/3
strawberries 1.50
2 Rice Krispies @2.75 -25% cartwheel -$1/2 coupon
marshmallows .99 -$1/1 peelie on rice krispies
6 bags easter candy @2.89 -2 x $1.50/2 Target coupon -$1/2 Target coupon - 2 x $2/3 printable coupons -10% cartwheel on 4; -15% cartwheel on 2
2 bags brown sugar @1.74 -.65/2 coupon
2 cream cheese @1.50 -2 x .75/1 coupons
2 bags chicken nuggets @4.94 on clearance; -2 x $2/1 coupons
4 ibuprofen @1.15 -2 x $1/2 coupons -5% cartwheel
2 lightbulbs @2.79 -2 x $1/1 coupons and -2 x $2/1 Target coupons
-$10/50 grocery purchase
Paid $28.15 after store credit from an overcharge from my previous visit.

Transaction 2:
market pantry lunch meat 2.69 -$1/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 juice @2.49 -2 x $1/1 coupons
6 Dunkin donuts coffee @6.99 -2 x 1.50/2 coupons -10% cartwheel on 4
-$10/50 purchase
Paid $32. I got back $10 in gift cards from the coffee.

Target Trip 5: ridiculous. My daughter informs me this time that she needs summer pajamas. I then realize that I have no summer pjs in the next size up for my son, either. How did this happen?

So we did three transactions:
2 girls nightgowns @7
girls dress 12.99 "I NEEEEEEEEEEED it" says my daughter
-$5/25 clothing purchase
-40% cartwheel kids' clothing
2 country crock margarine @2.04 -20% cartwheel -2 x .50/1 coupons
2 marshmallows @.99 -2 x $1/1 peelies
3 cheese @3/$7 -$1/3 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 gallons milk @2.89 -5% cartwheel
2 rice krispies @2.75 -25% cartwheel - $1/2 coupon
vinegar .92 -.50 target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 cans tomatoes @.86 -.20/2 coupon
2 boxes ice cream bars @3.49 -2 x 1.25/1 coupons
chocolate covered raisins 2.33 -$1/1 coupon
ice cream 3.19 -$1/1 target coupon -5% cartwheel
4 market pantry crackers @1.99 -2 x $1/2 target coupons -5% cartwheel
-$10/50 grocery purchase
Paid 35.72.

Transaction 2:
2 3-piece boys pj sets @12
pair of socks 1.50
-$5/25 clothing purchase
-40% cartwheel
Paid 13.03.

Transaction 3:
girls 3-piece pj set $12
girls longsleeve nightgown $12.99
pair of earrings 7.99
-$5/25 clothing purchase
-40% cartwheel on clothes
-25% cartwheel on jewelry
-$10 in gift cards
Paid $7.13.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lent Update

I set aside some boys clothes for a friend. I gave a couple in line behind me a coupon for 30% off their purchase at the store.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Meijer, Kroger, Target

Kroger:
2 toothpaste @1.00 -$2/2 coupon = free
12 SO delicious yogurt @1.29 -12 x .65/1 coupons = free
bagels 1.79
5 gallons milk @2.50
broccoli .99

Target Trip 1:
6 M&Ms candies @2.89 -$2/3 printable and -2 x 1.50/2 Target.com coupons... 10% cartwheel only came off 2?
4 M&Ms easter treats @1.00 -2 x $1/2 coupons
quaker granola bars 2.19 -.75/1 catalina coupon
market pantry juice 1.72 -$1/1 mobile coupon -5% Cartwheel
2 Kashi go lean cereals @2.99 -50% cartwheel -$1/2 printable coupon
2 Noosa yogurt @2.39 -2 x $1/1 Target coupon -2 x .55/1 printable coupon
I can't believe it's not butter 2.00 -20% cartwheel -.50 manufacturer's coupon -.75/1 Target coupon
Market Pantry lunch meat 2.50 -$1/1 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 sunscreen @3.50 -2 x $1/1 coupons
up & up allergy medicine @1.53 -.75/1 mobile coupon -5% cartwheel
2 rolaids @3.89 -BOGO auto deducted 5.50
3 market pantry pasta @.78 -$1/00/3 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
3 market pantry pasta sauce @1.14 -$1.50/3 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
2 market pantry crackers @1.83 -$1/2 mobile coupon -5% cartwheel
2 cans corn @.64 -.50/2 Target coupon
3 scrubbing bubbles 2-packs @6.99 -2.00/3 Target coupon -1.50/2 manufacturer's coupon -10% cartwheel
3 Suave body wash @1.89
Nasacort 11.92 -$5/1 manufacturer's coupon
-.25 I brought my own bags
I got back $5 giftcard for Easter candy, $5 giftcard from Nasacort, $5 giftcard from Suave. Also in this trip I purchased some clearance girls' pajamas for my daughter, a clearance girls shirt, girls' underwear and socks.

Target trip 2: Rolling gift cards!
I did multiple transactions with groups of 3 boxed pastas, 3 jars of pasta sauce, and 3 Suave kids' body wash. I also got 1 pack of baby wipes, 1 box of Kotex, 1.5 dozen eggs, 1 can Redi whip, 1 box ice cream cones and 6 games free after manufacturer's coupons, sale, and Cartwheel. The games will be donated. And I got my son an Icee drink for good behavior! (I had a cartwheel on it, LOL!) - I had $0 out of pocket on these transactions.

Meijer:
strawberries 1.25 each pound
bananas
crystal light .99 each, I had $2/2 coupons
easter basket stuffer for baby 5.99 -5.00/1 printable coupon

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Lent Update

I sent in some supplies to my daughter's classroom.
I dropped off a bag of outgrown kids' items at the midwifery center's swap room.
I filled a donation bag for charity pickup.
I left coupons by items at the store.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Super Savings Saturday: Target, Kroger, Aldi, Rummage Sale

Kroger:
4 milk marked down to 1.29 per half gallon
2 SO delicious yogurt @1.29 - 2 x .65/1 tear pad coupons
magnum ice cream bars 2.99 -.75/1 printable coupon
Johnson's baby wash 1.99 -.75/1 printable coupon
3 speedstick @1.19 -3 x .75/1 coupon
Paid 6.20.

Target:
huggies wipes 1.97 -.50/1 Target coupon
pampers wipes 2.39 -.50/1 Target coupon
2 up & up box diapers @16.99 -1.50/2 Target coupon -10% cartwheel
Seventh generation wipes 2.39 -1.25/1 Target coupon -10% Cartwheel
Johnson's baby powder 3.44 -1.00/1 Target coupon
Enfamil 7.14 -7.00 formula rebate check
Aquaphor 4.49 -1.00/1 Target coupon -1.00/1 tearpad coupon from doctor's office
6 Pull-ups 7.64 -2.00/1, -1.50/1, 4 x 1.00/1, -3 x 3.00/2 Pull-ups target coupons
4 market pantry crackers @1.00 -2 x 1.00/2 Target coupons
2 juicy juice @2.37 -1.00/2 blinkie coupon -1.00/2 Target coupon
4 market pantry mac & cheese @.67 - .50/4 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
4 market pantry canned veggies @.64 -2 x .50/2 Target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 up & up straws @.79 -2 x 1.00/2 Target coupons -5% cartwheel
4 up & up ibuprofen @.99 -2 x 1.00/2 Target coupons -5% cartwheel
2 up & up dish soap @1.87 -2 x .50/1 Target.com coupon -5% cartwheel
corn tortillas 1.99
2 Honey bunches of oats morning energy @2.55 -2 x 1.00/1 Target.com coupon - 2 x 1.00/1 printable coupon
4 market pantry frozen veggies @.80 -5% Cartwheel
whole milk 2.79 -5% Cartwheel
4 up & up sunscreen clearance 1.02 -4 x .75/1 Target.com coupons
up & up cotton rounds 2.19 - 1.00/$2+ purchase -5% cartwheel
3 up & up mouthwash @2.19 -3 x 1.00/1 Target coupons -5% Cartwheel
2 up & up sinus medicine @2.07 -2 x 1.00/1 Target coupons -5% Cartwheel
2 up & up allergy medicine @1.86 -2 x 1.00/1 Target coupons -5% cartwheel
3 Reynolds wrap @1.03 -3 x 1.00/1 Target coupons
women's laxative 1.49 -1.00/1 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
up & up antacid 2.49 -1.00/1 Target coupon -5% cartwheel
-$20/100 baby purchase target coupon
-$5 gift card from last trip
Paid 74.31. Received back a $5 gift card from Up & up diapers.

Aldi:
bananas .44/#
strawberries 1.29/pack
cantaloupe 1.29 each

bread

Rummage Sale:
A local elementary school had a rummage sale. We arrived during the bag sale time. We filled a bag for $5. We got some kids' chapter books, kids clothing, a few clothing for me and a Tupperware container. 

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Lent Days 26 - 29 Update

I played coupon fairy and left coupons next to the appropriate products at the store. I dropped off one large box, one huge bag and one medium bag of hygiene and food items at the local food pantry.