Sunday, August 28, 2011

i never thought i'd be the coupon mom that goes to group exercise classes and drives a wagon

This has not turned into a coupon blog... but man, I just get SO excited about coupon shopping that I just have to share.  Coupon Closet is awesome! I love this girls attitude about it; it's giving, not greedy.
My recent trip to Homeland and Walmart:

2 - Pillsbury Grands! Jr, Crescent, or Cinnamon Rolls, $1 Use $0.50/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls = $.50 each wyb 2 (kind of a splurge, thought my husband would like them)

1 - 5 lb bag Earthbound Farms Whole carrots $4.99 Used $1/1 printable Any Earthbound Farms product $2.99

Kraft Velveeta Cheesy Skillets, $1.67 Use $1/1 Velveeta Cheesy Skillets Dinner Kit 8/21/2011 SS = FREE

Yoplait Greek Yogurt (6oz) $1 Use $0.50/2 Yoplait Greek Yogurt 8/14/2011 SS = $.50 each wyb 2

Dial Liquid Hand Soap, $1 Use $0.35/1 Dial Bar or Liquid Soap 8/7/2011 RP = $.30

Kotex Lightdays Liners, $1 Use $1.50/2 Kotex Liners 8/7/2011 SS Insert = $.50 for 2

Pilgrim's Pride Fresh Whole Fryer, 2 for $5 (I got 11 lbs of chicken for $5!)

Tyson Anytizers Boneless Wings, $2.69 Use $1/1 Tyson Anytizer = $.69 (cheap splurge)

Sara Lee Whole Wheat Bread, $1.79 Use $.55/1 printable (ones from paper are DND) = $.69

Land O' Lakes dozen eggs, $2.02 Use $.75/1 Land O' Lakes eggs = $.52!! (the sign says they are $2.55 but the have been ringing up $2.02 and there is no sales sign)

Glade Scented Oil Candle, $1.91 clearance Use $1/1 Glade Scented Oil Candle or Two Refills = FREE

Kraft Grated Parmesan, $3.09 (needed this and it is never cheap) Used Buy one Kraft Grated Parmesan get Free Pasta ($1.50 value) = $3.09 + FREE Pasta

Broccoli Crowns, $1.59 lb = $1.91

Red Delicious Apple, $1.79 LB (OUCH! Needed one apple.) = $.79

Cantaloupe $2

Clorox Bleach, $1.99 use $.25/1 Clorox Bleach = $1.50 (seems high!)

Oscar Mayer Cotto Salami, $1(totally regret this)

Total for Homeland after tax = $23.06, with a savings of 60%.

I went back to Homeland the next day to get another box of Anytizers ($.69), 2 more Yoplait Greek yogurts ($1 for 2), French's Worcestershire sauce (FREE), and another Glade Scented Oil Candle (FREE).


1 Bunch of Cilantro, $.92

4 Peaches, $.98/lb = $1.68

2 can GV Tomato paste, $.44 = $.88

Playtex Sippy Cup, $3.97 Use $2.00/1 Any Playtex Item = $1.97

Crest Kids Toothpaste, $0.97 use $.50/1 Crest Kids Toothpaste = $.47

Oral B Everyday Floss, $0.97Use $0.75/1 Oral-B Floss or Floss Picks 7/31/2011 P&G Insert = $0.22

Suave Deodorant, $0.97 Use $0.50/1 Suave Deodorant 8/14/2011 RP Insert = $0.47

Brachs Lemon Drops, $0.98 Use $0.50/1 Brachs Candy = $0.48

Total after tax $7.97

Grand Total $33.03 for a weeks worth

I have been couponing for 2 1/2 months now and am really beginning to see the savings (and small stockpile!)! It is so exciting to me! I have definitely cut my grocery bill in half and am learning a new way of thinking about my grocery purchases.  This was a big week for me because I actually made a menu, "shopped my pantry", and made a goal for my spending.  It was not as daunting as I thought it would be, plus I got to feel organized (which I never am).  I think I finally realized that it doesn't have to be exact but that I need a plan.  :)  It is so satisfying to me to know that I am serving my family well by saving us money, keeping the groceries stocked, and planning yummy meals.