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.