Also look for special Easter Egg Hershey’s Bliss. My store priced them at $2.99 but some areas have them at $1.99. That is free with the two coupons I told you about here.
$1/1 Muir Glen Product- this can get almost free diced tomatoes at Walmart
$1/1 Multigrain Cheerios
$1/3- Green Giant Frozen Veggies
$1/2 Pop Secret Popcorn
$1/1 Green Giant bagged veggies
$1/1 Cascadian Farm product
$1/1 Fiber One cereal
$1/1 Total cereal
$1/1 Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt
$1/8 Yoplait Yogurt
Can I make a confession? I love my weekend shopping trips! I get to take a break from being a mom, enjoy the sunshine and crank up the radio. All of these stores are practically next door to each other so it makes a pretty fast and easy day. So after getting all the inserts this weekend here is what I wound up with:
Kashi Pizza $4 clearance- used $3/1 MQ
Del Monte Peaches $1.45- used FREE item MQ from Del Monte club
Butter $2.49- used in ad q= .99
Lean Ground Beef $4.10- used $2/1 store q
After my 10% discount the total was $3.03! I used a Bertolli catalina for $2 and paid $1.03.
Colgate $3.49- my MQ was expired! Darn head cold.
Paid $3.78 and got a $3.50 catalina.
(For new couponers, I am still mad about this as .28 for toothpaste is too expensive. If it isn’t totally free or a money maker I don’t buy it.)
Coke Zero- $1.49- used .50/1 from my Valpak mailer last week
Hershey’s bar- free wyb Coke
Mentos x6 $1- used $1/1 MQ
One a Day Vitamin Drink $1.49- used $1/1 MQ
Also used the prior catalina for $3.50
$1.52 (with .50 sales tax!)
Total spent at Wags was $5.30, I have a $3.00 cat from the skintimate and a rebate of $1.49. So .81 total. Scenerio would have been so much better if I had actually paid attn to the Colgate q.
Wheat Thins Artisan Crackers x 4- $2/4= $8- used (2) BOGO MQs and (2) $1/1 tearpad q’s= .50/box
Sani hands wipes- $1.99- used $1/1 MQ= .99
Seakpak Shrimp x2 $1.32 each- used (2) $1/1 MQ= .32 each
Taco Seasoning .42
Toaster Strudel $1.67- used $1/1 IP= .67
Sara Lee Cheesecake Bites $2.98- used $1/1 MQ= $1.98 (Give me a break, I am seriously pregnant)
Coffeemate creamer- $1.68- used $1/1 IP
Total was $7.39
Vitamin Water $1.05 (includes CRV)- used $1/1 MQ= .05
Hershey’s Bliss $2.99- used $1/1 target q and $1/1 MQ= .99
So grand total for all that was $12.27 after rebate and catalina. Not great but not too bad. The Kashi pizza alone was originally $8.99!
In February my employer closed down and we waited 10 weeks to find out if I would get unemployment. Right when I was laid off I slashed our budget down to bare bones- including our grocery budget from $50/wk to $30/wk. I thought it would be extremely painful but I am proud to say we did very well on $30. Thanks are mostly due to Safeway’s need to give me free groceries. I did go over by $7 for the month which I blame on Walgreen’s tempting Huggies deal.
For April my unemployment is rolling in and we are a little more comfortable now. I decided to increase the budget to $35/week as we are having lots of house guests this month and as I want to take advantage of the gorgeous farmer’s markets.
I had to cram extra trips in at Safeway to take advantage of the $10/50 coupons I was lucky enough to get before they expired (thank heavens as this week is another stinker for deals) so I planned to spend the bulk of my budget early in the month. I have also been stockpiling like crazy in prepartion for baby #2 due in early May.
I currently have $92 left in this month’s budget (out of $140) and we are stuffed to the brim! My freezer and I are going to have a serious conversation as I have a great Kashi waffle deal that I will be taking advantage of this week. Otherwise I am pretty sure I can virtually skip next week – except a small trip to the Farmer’s Market for produce.
I have my weekend Target, Wags and Walmart shopping breakdown coming soon and neglected to mention a quick Costco run for cheddar cheese, mozzarella, 40ct tortillas, hamburger buns and hot dog buns that totaled $16.45 and a Target run for dish soap and kitchen sponges for $3.05.
So I spent just under $50 already, which was my weekly budget just a few weeks ago and feel like I have enough food to last for months. I would encourage you guys to challenge yourselves too- you might be surprised!
Stay tuned this month as I will be posting our financial update as well as an article on Farmer’s Markets vs Grocery Store pricing.
Hip2Save has the scoop on a hot Macy’s coupon for Tues and Wed only $10 off $25 purchase.
“Save $10 on ANY $25 or more regular, sale or clearance-priced purchase! This coupon is ONLY valid on Tuesday or Wednesday, April 7th or 8th! To snag the coupon for your region, you’ll need to go on over here and click on “this week in store” under Our Stores. Then just type in your zip and click on download coupon.
**This coupon is valid in the following states: AL, GA, IL (excluding Chicago area and Rockford), IN (excluding Merrillville), KS, KY, LA, MO, NC, NY: Binghamton & Horseheads, OH (excluding Toledo), OK, PA (excluding Allentown, Harrisburg, York & Philadelphia area) SC, TN, TX (except El Paso), VA: Chesapeake, Hampton, Lynchburg, Newport News, Norfolk, Richmond, Roanoke & Virginia Beach and WV.”
Figures Cali would get left out!
Nature’s Source Cleaners $3- use $1/1 Target IP here and stack with $1/1 4/5SS= $1 each
You can print another .75/1 Huggies wipes coupon from the Red Plum site as well.
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Tara at Deal Seeking Mom
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