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.

Monday, March 31, 2014

March Decluttering

I tried to get a start on some spring cleaning by getting more clutter out of the house.

  • I went through my winter clothing and removed items I didn't wear. Those went into the donation bag.
  • I used up some yarn for charity projects and dropped off the finished items.
  • I meal planned based on what we had in the freezer and cabinets. My 1/4 beef is due to arrive in April and I need the freezer space for it.
  • I went through the kids' winter clothes and removed what won't fit next year. Those went into the donation bag.
  • I went to the craft supply exchange and took in a huge bag of supplies I no longer have a use for. Natalya and I left with a few things but less than what we left.
  • I donated 5 diaper boxes and 2 large trash bags of food and toiletries to the food pantry.  
  • I sold a bag of books.  
  • I donated 6 bags of supplies to the local no-kill cat shelter.  
  • We donated 2 large black trash bags of items to the Kidney Foundation.
  • I used up some yarn working on charity projects.I dropped off the charity projects.
  • I cleaned out the fridge.

March Frugal Living

Frugal things I did in March:

  • Finished the 3rd part of a research study at the Ohio State University with Katya. Got paid $20.
  • Exchanged a bag of craft supplies at the craft exchange.
  • In my ceramics class, I made some gifts for others.
  • I used a coupon at the thrift store for $5 off a $10 purchase. I got a blouse and a pair of shorts for myself and a Hello Kitty t-shirt and a rainbow striped shirt for my oldest child. Two of my items were also half off.
  • I visited a local independent thrift store's $.25/clothing item sale. I found several items for each child. My oldest child also chose a pair of sandals for $2. I found a few skeins of yarn.
  • I did some research before hiring a plumber to take care of a drain problem. This saved around $100.
  • I cut my husband's and son's hair. 
  • My son and I made my birthday cake. 
  • I sold a bag of books. I used the proceeds to buy some extra groceries and a St. Patrick's Day treat for the kids.  
  • I redeemed some survey points for a gift card that I'll use on groceries. 
  • I ran a check on our grocery spending and found this information:
  • Based on the latest prices, USDA's Low-Cost Food Plan indicates your family can achieve a nutritious diet that meets current Dietary Guidelines for America by spending an:

    estimated $195.32 per week for your household
    estimated $846.32 per month for your household 
    ---- Our current average is $108 per week. This is with our specific age/sex combos for the five of us. Included in my total is toiletries, hygiene, cleaning, OTC, vitamins and cat food and litter.