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Friday, July 29, 2011

Target 7/29/11

What a day for shampoo! And 75% off toys!

Total toy worth: $35 Total spent on toys: $10.06

Personal care:

4 John Frieda full repair products, $5.99 each-had 4 $5 off coupons and 2 $3/2 store coupons (they paid me to buy these)

4 Suave shampoo, $0.84 each, had 2 $0.75 coupons and 2 $1 off coupons (they paid me to buy these too)

6 Herbal Essence hair care-3 shampoo, 1 mousse, 1 gel, 1 spray. This one is confusing. I had 3 coupons that were $3 off a styler WYB a shampoo, also 3 coupons for $1 off shampoo, PLUS a $1 off 2 target coupon. I ended up paying around $0.40 per product.

2 Sally nail polish, $2.54 each. used 2 $1 off coupons and 2 $1 off store coupons, made them $0.54 each.

Total spent: $12.03
Total saved: $86.47

Meijer 7/29/11

Meijer has a bunch of toys on clearance, we found these for 50%-75% off.

Chuck and friends ramp playset with motorized car-originally $24.99 (paid $7.49)
Extra motorized car-originally $9.99 (paid $4.99)
Handy Manny playset-orig. $24.99 (paid $7.49)
Crayola color wonder travel desk set-orig. $14.00 (paid $6.00)
Tinkerbell nail polish/hair set-orig. $5.00 (paid $2.50)

Also, they had earthbound farms organic baby carrots on sale. $1 each, and buy 10 get 1 free. Recyclebank has coupons for $2 off any 2 earthbound farms items. We bought 11 bags and used 5 coupons, so 11 bags of organic baby carrots for free.

Total spent: $28.47
Total saved: $68.00

Walgreens 7/29/11

The soap is normally $1.49, but it was on sale and I had a coupon that brought it down to $0.39. Its a huge bar of soap and spells very good.

The diapers were a shock, they had 2 packs of the size 1, and they were on clearance for $3.19 per pack! I had a walgreens store coupon that took $2 off each pack. $1.19 per pack of pampers! I know I have 8 months left before the baby is born but I just couldn't pass this up.

Total spent: $2.77
Total saved: $19.70

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Pier One Imports 7/27/10

Pier one had a daily deal on their facebook page, if you liked them you got a coupon for $10 off a $10 purchase. It stated one per customer, so my DH also liked them and got a coupon.

1st transaction: 4 Ramekins (not the little ones, these are bigger) $2.50 each=FREE after coupon. I didn't even have to pay tax!

2nd transaction: Cake stand. Regular price $14.95, on sale for 25% off ($11.21)=$1.21 after coupon.

So all total we spent $1.21 on $24.95 worth of stuff!

Babies R Us 7/23/11

BRU had a 2-day only diaper sale. All Jumbo packs were $5 each. That's a pretty great price for name brand diapers even without coupons! By the time I got there most of the good stuff was gone. But here is what I got:

2 Jumbo packs Seventh Generation size 2 diapers. Had 2 $2 off coupons, made them $3 each pack

2 Jumbo packs Huggies Jeans size 5 diapers. These were on an "extra" sale, B1G1 50% off. I had 2 $1.50 off coupons, made them $2.25 a pack.

All together spent $10.50 on 4 jumbo packs. Saved $31.50

The size 5 are for my 2 year old, the size 2 is for our new baby coming in March.I also have Aveeno lotion for the new baby. It's crazy that I'm already stocking up for a baby the size of an apple seed, but when you are a couponer you just can't help it :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Target 7/14/11


3 Neutrogena naturals lip balms, on sale for $2.99 each, had 3 $1 off store coupons and 3 $1 off manuf. coupons, so I paid $2.97 and got a $5 gift card for buying three. They paid me $2.03 to take these out of the store.

2 Bagel bits, $2.69 each, had 2 $1 off store coupons and 2 $1 off manuf. coupons, made them $0.69 each.

2 Colgate max toothpaste, $1.99, had 2 $1 off store coupons and 2 $1 off manuf. coupons, made them free.

2 bed pillows, $2.50, had 2 $2 off store coupons, made them $0.50 each.

4 packs travel size wet ones wipes, $0.97 each, had 4 $0.50 off store coupons, made them $0.47 each

Target brand peroxide, $0.62, had a $0.75 off store coupon, made it free.

2 Zhu Zhu pets, clearance for $2.50 each

8 Lipton naturals, sale for $1 each, had 4 B1G1 free coupons, made them $0.50 each

3 12-packs sierra mist, sale for $2.75 each, had 3 $1 off coupons, made them $1.75 each.

2 Aveeno baby lotion, sale for $4 each, had 2 $2 off recyclebank coupons, and 2 $1 off store coupons, made them $1 each.

Total spent:  $35.26

Total saved: $63.16

Cost before coupons/sales: $99.42

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Cheap meal plans

When you are just getting started on couponing, and don't have much of a stockpile but still need to save money, here is a sample meal plan. This will be cheap and easy even if you do not use one single coupon, sale item, or item from a stockpile. I've had a lot of people ask me about this, so I wanted to make a post.

How many people have been in this situation? Your cupboards are empty, you have an unexpected bill or emergency, and you have $x.xx amount of money to last x amount of time. Everyone I know has been in this spot before, including me!

You have to cater this around what your family will eat, but here is an idea for a weeks worth of food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and a snack) for 4 people, for 14 days.

Shopping list-at a discount store like Aldi:

1 Tub of instant oatmeal
2 dozen eggs
3 loaves of bread
2 jars of peanut butter
1 tub of butter
1 package sandwich cheese
6 cans condensed tomato soup
1 box baking mix
1 family pack of chicken breasts
2 packs lean ground turkey
4 jars tomato sauce
4 boxes spaghetti
1 package of hot dogs
1 package of hot dog buns
1 box rice
1 gallon of milk
1 bottle pancake syrup
4 bags frozen mixed veggies
2 cans diced potatoes
2 bags of apples
2 boxes macaroni and cheese
 2 bunches of bananas
1 package turkey bacon
4 cans cream of chicken soup
bag of pretzels
bag of carrots
bag of celery

7 oatmeal (try brown sugar, cinnamon, and milk in it) with bananas
7 pancakes (baking mix) and syrup, and turkey bacon

9 peanut butter sandwiches with apples
3 grilled cheese sandwiches with soup (each can of soup makes 2 servings)
2 leftovers from dinners

4 chicken pot pie (diced potatoes, chicken, mixed veggies, cream of chicken soup, milk,and baking mix on top, divide into 4 pies worth)
4 spaghetti(1 box of pasta, 1 jar of sauce, and 1/2 package of ground turkey for each meal)
4 chicken and rice casserole (cream of chicken soup, milk, chicken, rice, and frozen veggies, divide into 4 meals)
2 meals of hot dogs and macaroni with cheese (each person gets 1 hot dog)

7 pretzels
7 carrot and celery sticks

This will cost about $75 to feed your family for 14 days. $37.50 per week for a family of 4, or $0.33 per family member, per meal.

Need more ideas?

If your family likes mexican food, you can get several different meals for cheap with beans, tortillas, ground turkey, chicken, rice, canned tomatoes, refried beans, canned corn, and cheese. I like to look-up recipes on

Homestyle meals? You can slow-cook a whole chicken, and shred it for chicken and dumplings, chicken rice soup, chicken noodle soup. Slow cook a roast and shred it for pulled pork sandwiches, stroganoff, shephards pie, beef stew. you would be amazed how far a bag of onions, bag of carrots, bag of red potatoes, and a bag of celery will go here.

And how about potatoes? You can get a 10lb bag of basic potatoes for $5 or less. Use it for hash browns, cubed breakfast potatoes, mashes, fried, boiled, roasted, baked, oven fries, and add them to many meals!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Meijer 6/16/11

3 dannon yogurt 6ct tubes-$1.39 each after coupons
5 Weight watchers yogurt cups-$0.26 each after stacked coupons
2 4-pack dannon activia-$2.04 each after coupons (Plus $2 OYNO from buying dannon)
3 Heluva dips-$0.25 each after sale/coupons
6 Jumbo flaky biscuits-$0.99 each
2 Ore-Ida sweet potato fries-Free product coupons
6 bags Sargento reduced fat shredded cheese-$1.55 each after sale/coupons
Folgers coffee-$4.00 after coupon
4 Lean Cuisine-$1.44 each after sale/coupons
4 Steambag veggies with sauce-$1.17 each after sale/coupons

Produce (5lbs red potatoes, raspberries, strawberries, 2lbs grapes, organic veggie tray with 4 servings-$10.75

Plus a few other things we did not get with coupons.

Spent: $54.62

Saved: $44.96

Target 6/16/11

3 Red Baron french bread pizzas- $1.50 each after sale/coupons
2 weight watchers ice cream-$2.50 each after sale/coupons
4 Wishbone dressings-$0.89 each after coupons
2 Danon kids smoothies-$1.69 each after coupons
2 Lipton tea bags-$0.09 each after coupons

Spent:  $21.05

Saved:  $16.55

Hardings 6/16/11

2 Breve Cream, $2.79 for 2 after coupon
Rice mixes (9)-$0.88 each
Pasta mixes (3)-free wyb rice
Pasta sauce (8)-$1.16 each after sale/coupons
Hot dog buns (2)-$0.70 each after sale/coupons
Marshmallows that my daughter has been asking for $1.29
2 Lipton 20oz teas (free after coupon)

Spent: $19.54

Saved: $14.15

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Meijer 5/23/11


Suave products on sale 3/$5, had a B1G1 free body wash coupon which works on the kids stuff. I don't know why but the B1G1 coupon took off $3 instead of $1.67. I'm thinking it took off the max. value? Anyway, I got 3 for $2.

Ballpark hot dogs on sale for $0.98, bought 12 packs (they freeze really well) and used 6 $0.75/2 coupons, which made each pack about $0.60.

Strawberries $1.67.

Then we went into the electronics section just to look around and oddly enough found Crayola stuff on clearance for 90% off. We bought a shirt that the kids wear when they paint for $0.60, and a light-up marker/color wonder set for $1.40. They also had rulers in the same spot for $0.05 each, so we bought three.

Total spent: $18.05  Total saved: $53.24

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Meijer 5/18/11-5/19/11

Yup, two trips in 2 days.

My little helper here :)

8 bags Pretzel Crisps ($2.99 each-4 B1G1 coupons=$1.50 each)
3 boxes Special K crackers (Sale 3/$5, had 3 $0.55 off coupons)
2 boxes Kashi crackers (Sale $2.99 each, had 2 $2 off coupons)
6 boxes brownie mixes($1.09 each, had 6 $0.50 off coupons)
6 packs Kraft sandwich cheese (Sale for $2 each, had 6 $1 off coupons)
12 Lunchables (6 with fruit, 6 sandwich combos) (Sale for $2.50, had 12 $1 off coupons)
2 hot dog buns (sale for $1.50 each, had 2 $0.55 off coupons)
2 Crystal Light (Sale for $2 each, had 2 $1 off coupons PLUS got a coupon afterwards for a free 12 pack of water for my next trip)

I had a few other coupons, but these were the best. I'm not going to list everything else out.

2 Digiorno pizza and sides ($6.29 each, had 2 $1.25 off coupons)
3 Kraft dressing (3/$5-3 $0.55 off coupons plus got a free bag of salad WYB dressings)
8 packs Kraft sliced cheese (same deal as above)
3 boxes Kraft pasta salad (Sale for $1 each-$1/3 mperks coupon)
2 Crystal Light (same deal as above with another free water coupon for next trip)
12 Soyjoy bars (Was $1.05 each, sale for $0.50 each, plus had 4 B2G1 free coupons=$4 for 12)

Total spent: $116.70  Total saved: $117.85
Plus 2 free 12-packs of water for our next trip!

Target 5/18/11

6 4-packs Starbucks Frap. ($5.79 each-$5 gift card WYB 2-3 $2/2 coupons=$13.74 or $2.29 each)
6 12-packs Lipton tea ($5.99 each-$5 GC WYB 2-3 $2/2 coupons=$14.92 or $2.49 each)

This was the first transaction, we had $20 in target gift cards that we used to pay for this, then used the $30 in GC from buying the drinks to buy all the rest of the stuff AND lunch for 4 at the target cafe.

Here is the second transaction:

4 Hasbro card games (was $10.48 each for two, and $5.24 each for the other two. They had the $10 games on sale for $6.99, plus I had 2 $3 off coupons for this game and two for "buy the $10 game, get a $5 game free". This made it $2 for each game.)
1 tub wipes (price drop for $1.97, had a $1 off coupon=$0.97 for Pampers wipes)
1 glade candle (had a "free" coupon, plus a $1 off Target coupon, so they paid me $1 to buy it)
4 10ct packs Finish dishwasher tabs ($2.79 each, had 4 $1.75 off coupons=$1.04 each)
Up&Up brand sunscreen ($4.54-$0.50 off coupon=$4.04)
2 Right Guard body wash (sale for $3 each, had a B1G1 free coupon, plus 2 $1 off Target coupons=$0.50 each)
2 travel Sensodyne ($0.97 each-2 $0.75 off coupons=$0.22 each)
2 Reach floss ($0.97 each, had 2 $1 off coupons=$0.06 profit)
4 aquafresh kids products ($1.99 each, had 4 $1 off coupons and 4 $1 off Target coupons=$0.04 profit)
2 Revlon nail clippers ($1.59 each-$5/2 coupon=$1.82 profit)
1 Blistex ($0.99)
2 Scotch tape ($1.79 each-2 $1 off coupons=$0.79 each)

Total with tax came to $19.96. I had $30 in GC from the first transaction that I used to pay for this and lunch :)

Total spent (for everything)= $14.72   Total saved= $140.28

We didn't realize until later that we didn't get charged for all the drinks. We called and told them, but they said not to worry about it :(.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Meijer 5/5/11

5 Kashi frozen pizzas (free product coupons)
2 Breakstone's cottage cheese products (free product coupons)
1 bag uncle bens ready rice and 1 bag sredded cheese (free product coupons)
4 lysol wipes (raincheck for 3/$5, had 4 $1.50 off coupons-$0.17 each)
3 Carving board lunchmeats (sale for $2.69, had 3 $2.00 off coupons-$0.69 each)
2 9ct. bagel bites (sale for $1.50, had 2 $1 off coupons-$0.50 each)
1 vanilla Maxwell House ground coffee (sale for $2.50, had a $1 off coupon-$1.50)
1 Breve Cream ($2.09 regular price, had a $0.55 off coupon-$1.54)

Total spent: $6.79  Total saved: $63.78

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Lowe's 4/4/11

My husband works at Lowe's home improvement store. He gets a 10% discount on all purchases, and they price match. He price matched the bounce dryer bars to this weeks Menards ad, and also had 2 $0.50 off coupons.

2 bounce dryer bars, Lowe's retail price $4.66 each, after price match, employee discount, and coupons-$2.47 each
2 Lipton tea, Lowe's retail price $1.48 each, B1G1 free coupon and 10% employee discount-$0.52 each

Total spent:  $5.98   Total saved: $6.03


I want to suggest to you guys to join RecycleBank. Or here if you don't want to go through my referral link.

This is a website that rewards you for recycling and participating in "green" quizzes and challenges. Every month there is usually some way to easily earn points, and those points can be redeemed for coupons to restaurants or groceries. They also have "sales" on the coupons, for instance, a coupon for $2 off any Kashi product would normally be 125 points, but once went on sale for only 10 points. The coupons are either mailed to you within a week, or are available to print, depending on the offer.

All three of the blog links I have on my site will update when a new easy way to earn points is available. I joined 6 months ago and have gotten so much from them, including-

about 20 of those Kashi coupons when they went on sale for 10 points each, combined with Target coupons to get 20 free Kashi items

several Mcdonalds coupons (free lattes, free oatmeal, and several "buy any happy meal, get any premium salad free")

And more!

If it is a "print at home" reward, remember to hit your back button after printing to print a second coupon. This also works on most other internet printable coupons, totally legit.

You don't have to recycle to use this site (my area doesn't participate).

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Kraft First Taste

I highly suggest signing up for

All three blogs I have listed to the right will update whenever a special offer is available on this website. I joined 4 months ago and so far have been able to get coupons for:

1 FREE Jello temptations
$1 off Jello temptations
1 FREE Kraft shredded cheese
$1 off Kraft shredded cheese
1 FREE Breakstone's cottage cheese doubles
1 FREE Breakstone's cottage cheese with fruit 4-pack
$1 off Breakstone's cottage cheese with fruit product
1 FREE Philadelphia cooking creme
$1 off Philadelphia cooking cream

We have enjoyed everything we have gotten and will most likely buy them all again in future purchases. This is such a great program! You have to sign up for each offer, and they usually only last a day or two before they run out. However, if you follow a coupon blog on a daily basis they should tell you very soon after an offer is made available.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Walmart 4/28/11

12 pack Ramen ($1.98)
Walmart brand shredded cheese (1.86)
3 Frigo cheese sticks ($0.33 each, had 2 $0.50 off 1 coupons-made them free)
1 Breve Cream (free coupon from Vocalpoint)
1 Bic lighter (free product coupon)

Total spent: $4.08  Total saved: $7.36

Monday, April 25, 2011

Unexpected ways to save.

Every three months or so, Walgreens runs a sale that includes 5lb bags of Gold Medal flour for $1.50 a bag.

Yup, Walgreens sells flour.

A week ago I found coupons in another store for $1 off 2 bags of Gold Medal flour. I knew it had been awhile since Walgreens had it on sale, so I grabbed one. Sure enough this week they ran the sale for $1.50 each!

With my coupon I bought 2 bags of flour for $1 each, or 10lbs for $2. Around here 5lb bags of flour are about $2.79 or more per bag, for the off brand.

It just goes to show that you never know where you will find deals!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Huge trip 4/15/11


 6 healthy choice steamers, 6 healthy choice soups, 6 boxes weight watchers ice cream, 1 digiorno pizza/breadsticks, 2 cool whip, 4 mcCormick spices, 1 heath topping, 1lb green beans, 2 blackberries, 1 bunch tomatoes, 2 jello temptations, 3 rice-a-roni, ziploc steamers, 2 cake pans, ziplock bags, 3 travel body wash, 1 apple pie. 2 cool whip, 1 bag dried banana chips, 4 packs butter, 4 smoked turkey sausage, 6 ball park hot dogs, 2 toasters strudels
Spent:  $78.82  Saved:  $98.81


4 Silk soymilk, sale for $2.99, had 4 $2 off coupons
3 Kashi cereal, sale for $2.99 each, had 3 $1 off coupons AND a $1.50/3 store coupon
4 bags skittles blenders, was $0.69 each, FREE
Travel connect 4 game, was $4.99, used $3 off coupon
2 4-packs travel tissues, was $0.99, used 2 $0.50 off coupons
2 Revlon nail items, $2 each, used 2 $2 off coupons
Rimmel Mascara, was $2.99, used $2 off coupon
4 Olay bars of soap, $0.97 each, used 4 $2 off coupons (overage)
1 travel aquafresh toothpaste, was $1, used $1 off coupon
4 Olay regenerist facial cleansing cloths, was $5.99 each, used 4 $5 off coupons
4 small Aveeno lotion, was $2.99 each, used 4 $2 off coupons and 4 $1 off store coupons
1 Finish 10ct detergent
Spent:  $15.29  Saved  $68.30

2 6-packs Scott Naturals paper towels, $5 each -2 $1.50 off coupons and 2 $1 off store coupons=$5.00 for both.

 Candyland game, sale for $5, used $2 off coupon
2 bags kraft with philly shredded cheese, sale for $2, used 2 $1 off coupons
Bag animal cookies, 2-pack sippy cups, 2 international delight, 2 squeezable applesauce pouches
2 Smuckers natural peanut butter, $2.28 each, used 2 $0.55 off coupons
4 Polaner Jelly, $1.93 each, used 4 $1 off coupons
4 NYC nail polish, $0.93 each, used two $1.50/2 coupons
Spent:  $28.95  Saved:  $12.10

Village Market-
5lbs green bell pepper, 3lbs strawberries, 5lbs russet potatoes, bunch of bananas, 5lbs oranges, 6 bottles Coke. (truckload produce sale, plus 3 coupons for $1 off two Coke WYB $4 in produce)
Spent $20, Saved $20

Trip totals:

Spent:  $148.06  Saved:  $204.21

Also, we got the regional RP Subway coupons in our paper last week, "buy ANY drink, get a free 6' breakfast sandwich". We used two this morning right before this massive trip. Spent $2.78 Saved $8

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Walgreens 4/11/11

I did 3 transactions of:

1 carefree liners (sale for $0.99)
-$0.50 coupon
=$0.49 plus a $0.99 RR

For the first three transactions I paid a total of $1.47 and got $2.97 in RR

Last transaction

6 11.5oz bags of Mars minis easter candy (sale for $2.50 each)
3 boxes of jello (sale for $0.20 each)
=$15.60 -3 $1/2 mars easter candy, and 3 $1/2 mars candy store coupon
-$2.97 RR
Paid $6.60

Trip total: $9.57  Saved: $24.45

Rite Aid 4/10/11

1st transaction:

2 Biore cleansers ($8.49 each)
2 Biore pore strips ($8.49 each)
=$33.96 -2 B1G1 free coupons, and 2 $2 off coupons, and a $3/15 rite aid survey coupon

Total $9.98, got back $10 +ups

2nd transaction:

2 Old spice fresh collection body wash (sale for $2.99 each)
4 Chocolate covered peeps (sale for $0.88 each)3.52
2 24ct Stayfree maxi pads (sale for $2.50 each)
1 candy bar ($0.50-filler)
1 giant bouncy ball (2.99)
=$17.99 -B1G1 free body wash, $1 off body wash, 2 $1 off Stayfree, 2 $1/2 chocolate peeps($10.49 in coupons)
-$10 +ups
Total-$0!! The coupons even paid my tax! And I got $6 in +ups.

Total trip cost: $9.98
Total saved: $52.41

Friday, April 8, 2011

Meijer 4/7/11

This is a post about Pharmacy coupons. Several stores run promotions in their pharmacy where if you fill an Rx, you get a gift card to their store. Last week I filled an inexpensive Rx at Meijer, and a "catalina" coupon printed. It stated, "fill an Rx at the Meijer pharmacy, get a $20 custom coupon on your next order."

So yesterday, my husband needed to fill an Rx. We went to Meijer, filled it, used the coupon and got the $20 off custom coupon. You can use regular coupons with this, too. We ended up paying $1.89 on $50 worth of stuff. Savings from coupons, store sales, and the $20 custom coupon.

There are other ways of getting a pharmacy deal. When you get your Sunday paper take a good look at the inserts. Any store with a pharmacy will run this deal on occasion. Usually it is a coupon inside the insert that you have to cut out and take with you, other times it is a printable coupon from the stores website.

Here is what we got-

1 bag lays chips, 1 bag quaker rice snacks, 1 family size stouffers entree, 2 boxes tornados, tub of sherbert, 2 bags shredded cheese, 2 bottles pepsi, 8 cans orange juice concentrate, 3 4-packs toilet paper, and 1 bottle of jetdry. Oh and 2 fountain drinks. Basically we paid for the two fountain drinks and got the rest for free.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

How do I save money at the grocery store?

First you need to locate all the stores in your area. Anywhere that sells food (I've gotten killer grocery deals at Target!), and then find a blog that does coupon/sale matchups for the stores you have. You can find the Souther Savers blog link on the top of my blog, it is a great blog!

Make sure you get a sunday paper, and have access to a printer. When you go to the blog, it will break down everything on sale, what coupons to use to make it a better deal, and then the final price after coupons. It will also tell you where to find each coupon, it might be an IP (internet printable) or a coupon from your Sunday paper. This will look like this:

Ronzoni Garden Delight pasta, 10/$10 (ten items for $10, a fancy way of saying they are on sale for $1)
$1/1 box of pasta SS 3/27 ex. 6/12 (one dollar off of one box of pasta, coupon in the Smart Source insert of the 3/27/11 newspaper, coupon expires on 6/12/11)
((use $1 off coupon, makes it FREE))

So then you find the best deals in your store for that week, judging by sale prices and what you have coupons for. Buy as many of those items as you can, you want to buy enough at that great price to last you until you can buy it for that price again (usually 3 months). Your shopping trips may look like this:

Week 1-
12 boxes pasta (free)
6 bricks of cream cheese ($0.50 each)
12 bags of frozen veggies ($0.67 each)
6 boxes rice ($1 each)
If you bought these items at full price, it would be around $60. But because of the sales and coupons, you will pay around $17.

Week 2-
2 64oz bags frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts ($5.49 each)
6 bags of shredded cheese ($1 each)
4 boxes pancake mix ($1.50 each)
8 boxes of cereal ($1 each)
Full price $62, you will pay $31

Keep it up an at the end of the month you will have around $240 worth of food filling your pantry and freezer for a total cost of $80-$100.
You just keep going, every week buying those 3-4 great deals and spending around $20 and having it last you three months. By the end of a 6 month time frame, you will be fully stocked to the brim of everything you could want. And you will have spend a very small amount of money to get it.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Rite Aid 4/3/11

1st transaction:
1 Gillette proglide razor, $9.99-$5 coupon (paid $4.99)
Got a $5 +UP

2nd transaction:
2 Gillette deodorants ($4 each), 2 Gillette body wash
Coupons for B1 deodorant, get a wash free, AND coupons for $1 off deodorant
Plastic straws, $1(filler)
Used $5 +UP (paid $2.60)
Got a $2 +UP

3rd transaction:
Large rubber play ball $2.99
Used $2 +UP
(Paid $0.99)

Total spent:  $8.58
Total saved:  $29.86

Walgreens 4/3/11

3 Jumbo packs Pampers(Sale for $8.99, had 1 free product coupon, a $2 and a $1.50 off coupon)
2 32 oz Purex(Sale for $1.99, had two $1 off coupons)
1 100ct Puffs tissues(Sale for $0.99, had a $0.50 off coupon)
4 large bags Easter M&Ms(sale 2/$5, had $1/2 store coupon, and two $2/2 coupons)
1 small M&Ms(filler)

Total spent:  $15.84   Total saved:  $45.45
Plus $5 coupon off a $5 pampers purchase

Monday, March 28, 2011

Target 3/28/11

5 Revlon nail care products
5 Happy Baby pruducts
2 Circo baby socks
1 pack Huggies wipes
2 travel Secret deodorant
3 Dove travel deodorant
3 Degree travel deodorant
1 A&D ointment
1 box Flinstones vitamins
1 2-pack Target paper towels
1 box Target q-tips
2 boxes Quaker granola bars
1 bottle Target glass cleaner
1 Travel size Visine
2 Wishbone salad dressing
2 Target Cafe kids meals
1 Target Cafe large fountain drink

Total spent:  $0.76   Total saved:  $83.11

A few weeks ago a daily deal site offered members a $20 Target gift card if you got three people to join the website. I won the card, got it in the mail two weeks later, and it bought all of the above merchandise, including tax. The only thing we actually spent out of pocket was $0.76.

Walgreens 3/18/11

Total spent:  $13.40   Total saved:  $61.92

Meijers 3/18/2011

Total spent:  $13.81   Total saved:  $26.52

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Meijer 3/12/11

1 Zip&Steam bags (Original price $2.59, had a $0.55 off coupon)
2 Charmin toilet paper (Sale for $4 each, had a $1 off 2 coupon)
Bananas ($1.58)
2 Diet Pepsi 2-liters ($1.59 each, had 2 $0.55 off coupons)
2 boxes Green Giant frozen boxed veggies ($1.67 each, had 2 $0.55 off coupons)
Grapes ($3.34)
Beechnut steamers ($2.49, had a FREE coupon)
Egg beaters ($2.59, had a FREE coupon)
2 Jello 6-packs (Sale 2/$5, had 2 $2 off coupons)
2 Jello Temptations 3-packs (Free WYB Jello, plus a $3.50 OYNO catalina for buying 4 Jello products)
6 Phili Cooking Creme ($2.99 each, had 6 $1.50 off coupons AND 6 $0.50 off store coupons)
4 Bob Evans side dishes ($3.29 each, had 2 B1G1 free coupons, AND a $1 off 2 store coupon)
Apples ($3.99)
1 Kashi frozen pizza ($5.99, had a FREE coupon)
2 Goldfish crackers (B1G1 free sale)
1 bottle A&W (Free WYB pizza)
1 box Perogies (Sale for $1.67, had a $1 off coupon)
Instant Latte mix (Sale for $2.50)
3 Simply Orange juice (Sale for $3 each, had 3 $1 off coupons, AND 1 $1 off 2 store coupon)
2 Kahiki Frozen entrees (Sale for $5 each, had 2 $1.50 off coupons)
4 12-packs Pepsi Throwback (Sale for $4 each, had 2 B1G1 coupons)

Total spent:  $66.22   Total saved:  $74.06

Target 3/12/11

2 Keebler cookies (On sale for $1.99, had 2 $1 off coupons)
2 State Fair 6-packs corn dogs ($2.99 each, had 2 $1 off coupons)
1 Dasani water(not pictured)
2 Market Pantry shredded cheese ($1.94 each, had a $1 off 2 coupon)
2 Kraft shredded cheese ($2.04 each, had a $1.50 off 2 coupon)
2 Seventh Generation cleaning wipes (Original price $2.99 each, had 2 $1 off store coupons, AND 2 $1 off manufacter coupons)
2 Shout pocket wipes ($0.97 each, had 1 $1 off coupon)
3 Tide stain release ($3.99 each, had 3 $3 off coupons)
2 Clorox 2 pens ($2.79 each, had 2 $1.50 off coupons)
2 30ct Ponds Towelettes ($4.69 each, had 2 $1.50 off store coupons, AND 2 $1.50 off manufacturer coupons)
2 Travel sized Satin care shave gel ($0.97 each, had 2 $1 off coupons)
2 Olay single bars ($0.97 each, had 2 $1 off coupons)
2-pack Target toothbrushes ($1.79, had a $1 off coupon)
2 Reach floss ($0.97 each, had 2 $1 off coupons)
2 Blistex ($0.99 each, had 2 $0.35 off coupons)
2 Benifiber ($6.94 each, had a $7 off 2 manufacturer coupon, AND 2 $3 off store coupons)
3 J&J 9oz products ($1.97 each, had 3 $1 off coupons)
Gel clings, Easter hat, Easter necklace ($1 each from Dollar Spot)

Total spent:  $32.08  Total saved:  $57.70

Rite Aid 3/12/11

2 Air Wick aerosol sprays (Original price $1.69, on sale for B1G1 free, had a B1G1 free coupon)
9 king size candy bars (on sale for B1G1 free, had 3 B1G1 free coupons)
1 regular candy bar (used $5 in +UPS)

Total spent:  $0.26  Total saved:  $10.26

Walgreens 3/12/11

6 Jumbo packs Walgreens diapers (Original price of $8.99 each, on sale for B1G1 free, used $2 off store coupon ((deducted $2 each, even the free bags))
2 bottles Pediacare (Original price $7.49 each, used 2 $2 off printable coupons and $5 off store coupon((deducted $5 each))
2 boxes Splenda with fiber individual packets (Original price of $4.99 each, on sale for $2.99, had 2 $2 off printable coupons)
11 protein bars (Sale for $0.99 each, had a mixture of $1 off, $1 off 2, and $0.55 off coupons)
2 Brodway 24ct. fake nails (Original price $4.49, on sale for 50% off, had 2 $2 off printable coupons)
1 Kiss 100ct fake nails (Original price of $6.99, on sale for 50% off, had a $2 off printable coupon)
4 Jimmy Dean's breakfast bowls (Sale for $2 each, had 4 $1 off coupons)

Total spent:  $25.66   Total saved:  $102.59

Monday, March 7, 2011

Meijer 3/7/11

DHs second couponing trip. Hey now, this is my job!

3 Aunt millies hamburger buns(Sale for B1G2 free, used 3 $0.55 off coupons)
3 boxes Mrs. T's perogies(Sale for 3/$5-buy three get $1 off instantly, then used 3 $1.00 off coupons)
2 6-packs Jello(Sale for 2/$5, used 2 $0.75 off coupons)
2 3-packs Jello Temptations(Free when you buy regular Jello, then a $3.50 catalina WYB 4 Jello products)
2 packs of strawberries(Sale for $1 each)
6 pouches of albacore tuna(Sale for $1.39, used 2 $1.50/3 manufacturer coupons, 3 store coupons, plus $1.50 catalina WYB 5)
1 pack of M&Ms (used as a filler)

Total spent:  $6.16  Total saved:  $41.03

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Walgreens 3/3/11

DHs first couponing trip!

1 digital temple thermometer
2 Tylenol Precise cream
2 Colgate Total
3 Reese peanut butter cups

Total spent:  $21   Total saved:  $34

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Walgreens 2/28/11

First off, the Gain softener is from Family Dollar, they were $3.50 each and I used the $3 off gain coupons from the Sunday paper, so they were $0.50 each. Now then...

2 bottles Arm & Hammer laundry soap(Sale for $2.99 each, used ((2)) $1.25 off IP coupons)
2 jumbo packs of huggies(both free with Kimberley-Clark "silver" coupons)
4 cottonelle fresh wipes (sale for $1.99 each, used ((2)) $1 off 2 IP coupons)
2 Walgreens brand childrens Ibuprofen(Buy 1 at $4.99, get 1 free)
2 15 ct. packs of Pond's facial towelettes(B1G1 free($3.50), used ((2)) $1.25 off IP coupons)
1 tube Colgate Total toothpaste(Sale for $2.99, had $1 off coupon)
1 pencil (not pictured) used as a filler

Total spent: $10.30  Total saved:  $60.46
And $1.50RR for next time!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Target frozen food deal AGAIN 2/26/11

Oh, this was fun...

10 boxes Smart Ones
14 boxes Kashi frozen entrees
4 bags El Monterey
4 boxes Green Giant veggies
6 bags Market pantry veggies
2 bags Ore-Ida hash browns
7 Michelinas entrees
7 ice creams
1 Large box corn dogs
1 box garlic bread

1 pack plates
1 pack bowls
1 bag styrofoam cups
1 bag plastic cups
4 boxes plastic silverware
1 pack printer paper
1 pack labels
1 bottle ibuprofen
2 toothbrushes
1 dental floss
1 box tissues

Totals for everything-

Total spent:  $61.60  Total saved:  $97.46

My freezer is happy :)
I barely fit it all in! The two Target trips this week filled an empty freezer. You are looking at $500 worth of food that I spent about $100 on. In the year we have had this freezer, it has never reached halfway full.

Rite Aid 2/26/11

This was my first trip to Rite Aid. It was 25 minutes away but in the middle of nowhere. I thought it would be the perfect place to go couponing, figured I would have all the stock I wanted. Yeah, every other couponer had the same idea! The cashier said they get cleared out by Monday night. Next week we will try the one in town!

1 Right Guard body wash
1 J&J baby oil
4 Always pantyliners
1 40ct. box of Salonpas patches

Total spent:  $10.93  Total saved:  $9.30
Minus $5 +UPS for next time

How I did it:

 Right guard (sale for $3.99, got $3 +UPS)
Baby oil (sale for $2.99, had $1 coupon, got $2 +UPS)
Always (sale for $0.99, had 4 $1 off coupons=FREE)

Walgreens 2/26/11

3 bottles of Gain dish soap
1 bottle of hand sanitizer (filler)

Total spent:  $0.96   Total saved:  $5.40

How I did it:

Gain-original price of $1.79, on sale (with in-ad coupon) for $0.99, used 3 $1 off coupons from the P&G $110 coupon booklet.

The dish soaps came to $0.99 but the coupons were for $1 off, so I had to buy a "filler" item. The hand sanitizer was $0.99, but it took $0.03 off because of my coupon overage.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Samples in the mail!!

I sign up for free samples all the time. The samples go in my travel bag (they charge about the same for a travel sized item as they do for the full size product!) and then they usually come with coupons for whatever you are trying. This all came in the mail today:

P&G sample box that had 4 pads, 3 tampons, head and shoulders sample, mini bottles of pantene, and a sample of prilosec
P&G $110 booklet
Organize in Style coupon booklet
Maggi soup mix
Power bar energy bites
Vaseline lotion
various coupons
And a gardening catalog that has a coupon for $25 off a purchase of $50

Target frozen food deal 2/22/11

Target has a great deal going on right now. Buy ANY 7 frozen food items, get a $5 gift card. We figured out that you can use coupons, and roll the gift cards. This means buying 7 things, getting the gift card, buying 7 more things, using that gift card to pay for it, and then getting another gift card. This is how we did tonight:

4 bags Market Pantry frozen veggies ($1 off 4 target coupon)
16 can Old Orchard concentrated juice ($1 off 4 ((x4 coupons)) when you register on their website)
2 California Pizza Kitchen frozen pizzas ($1.25 off ((x2 coupons)) printed coupon)
2 Kashi frozen entrees ($2 off ((x2 coupons)) any Kashi item from RecyleBank)
7 personal size ice creams
4 boxes green giant veggies ($0.50 off ((x4 coupons)) any green giant veggies-their website)
21 bags Birdseye steamer veggies ($1 off 3 ((x7 coupons)) from their website)
1 TGIF appetizer (clearance)
22 Michelina's frozen entrees ($1 off 5 ((x2 coupons)) from their website)
24 Banquet pot pies

Also 2 kids meals and 2 large drinks from the target cafe. ($1 off kids meal ((x2 coupons)) from target site)

Started with a credit of $8.51
Total spent: $15.57  Total saved: $83.93

My freezer is full, I got a huge variety, and the store still had a LOT left. We only had $16 to work with or I think we would have bought out the store! Possibly going back later in the week to do more damage!

I tried to keep each transaction to about $5-$7 for all seven items, so I was paying $0-$2 for each "set" after the gift cards.

I felt like a kid in a candy store, this is the coolest thing I have been able to do since I started couponing!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Meijer 2/18/11

4 Simply Asia bowls (sale for $1.50, and they had $1 coupons on them- $0.50 each)
2 4-packs Yobaby yogurt ($2.69 each, had a B1G1 coupon from Facebook promo- $1.35 each)
2 10-packs hardboiled eggs (sale for $2.49 each, had 2 $0.35 off coupons-$2.14 each)
2 Bob Evans mashed potatoes (sale for $2.99 each, had a $1.00 off 2 coupon-$2.50 each)
1 Dole fruit crisp 2-pack (sale for $2.00, had a $0.75 off coupon-$1.25)
4 Philadelphia Cooking Creme (sale for $2.50 each, had 4 $1.50 off coupons AND 4 $0.50 off store coupons-$0.50 each)
2 Log Cabin syrup (sale for $2.50 each, had 2 $1.00 off coupons AND a $1.00 off 2 store coupon-$1.00 each)
4 Oscar Mayer cracker combos (sale for $1.00 each, had 2 $1.00 off 2 coupons-$0.50 each)
Bag of pretzels and bag of cheese balls, $1.00 each
Bag of candy $0.99

Total spent: $24.19    Total saved: $38.37

Also, went to Target and they had Maxwell House International pumpkin spice latte mix on clearance for $1.38 (normally around $3). I had 2 $1 off coupons, so I bought 2 for $0.38 each.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Walgreens 2/13/11

2 Jumbo packs walgreens diapers
2 32 load bottles of Purex
Lysol hand soap system
2 tubes of Colgate Total toothpaste
1 bottle childrens chestal
1 tub oatmeal
1 pair of girls tights

Diapers-B1G1 free,
Purex-sale $1.99 each,
Lysol soap system-sale $12.99 minus $4.00 IP coupon ($8.99) with $7 RR back ($1.99 total)
Toothpaste-sale $1.99 each minus $1 in-store coupon ($0.99)
Chestal-clearance for $1.79 minus $1 peelie coupon on product ($0.79)
Oatmeal-sale $1.50 minus $1 newspaper coupon ($0.50)
Tights-clearance for $0.42

Started with $8 RR, left with $0RR.

Total spent: $10.65   Total saved: $33.48

Saturday, February 12, 2011

My far

I've only been at this a few months, and the pics do not include my freezers or under the bathroom sink.

This includes 20+ boxes of pasta, 20 jars of sauce, 4 boxes of instant rice, 4 boxes of muffin mix, 5 bottles of soy sauce....
The HBA includes 6 bottles of shampoo, 10 bottles of body wash, 10 packs of pads/liners, 4 deodorants...

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Target 2/10/11

1 50ct package size 1 huggies diapers
1 8oz playtex bottle
1 4oz playtex bottle
1 Johnson's baby lotion
2 travel packs huggies wipes
1 bottle clorox wipes
1 vaseline lotion for men
1 vaseline intensive rescue
2 pull ups flushable wipes
6 boxes kotex liners
1 travel size degree mens deodorant
1 travel pack q-tips
2 travel size aquafresh toothpaste

Total spent: $15.77      Total saved: $27.45

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Walgreens 2/6

3 Olay body wash
3 Suave deodorant
1 Aquafresh toothpaste
2 boxes green tea bags
2 boxes Ritz crackers
1 box oreo cookies
7 jars Ragu pasta sauce

Started with $17 RR and came out with $8 RR

Total spent (before tax): $7.01
Total saved: $54.57

Being that I spent $7.01 and came out with $8 RR, this trip was a $1 money maker!!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Meijer 1/12

WOW. First grocery store coupon experience!

6 4-packs easy mac
24 boxes pasta (8 wheat, 8 smart, 8 garden)
6 bags shredded cheese
large jar applesauce
2 salt free seasonings
36ct box pudding cups
large jar whole grain cous cous
bottle of chocolate syrup
2 boxes Kashi cereal
head of califlower
4 cartons orange juice
2 4ct boxes jimmy dean sammies
4 64oz bags frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 maxwell house instant latte

Total spent: $106.18   Total saved: $82.94

Target 1/12

8 jars Classico Alfredo sauce
4 jars Classico tomato sauce
1 bottle Kikkoman soy sauce
3 pack canned chicken
4 Red Baron pizza

Total spent: $26.54  Total saved: $14.56

All we went in for was the soy sauce, but Target has the best price on the red baron pizza ($2.99). While we were there, the tomato sauce had a hang tag coupon of "buy two jars classico sauce, get 1 jar tomato sauce free" AND the alfredo sauce had peelies of "save $1 on two classico sauce". It made the sauce $0.86 each!