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Weekly Grocery Shopping

The deals this week were not that terrific; however, I was able to get everything that we needed and stay within budget – and that is the ultimate goal of couponing! This week I shopped at Publix and CVS…here is what I got:

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Publix dog food @ $3.59

Lender’s bagels @ $1.05

Steaks @ $3.43

4 – Playtex tampons @ $10.86
Used 3 $1.00/1 MC from May All You
Used 1 $1.00/1 MC from Playtex sample
Total for 4 = $6.86; $1.72 each

Strawberries @ $2.00

2 – Lay’s potato chips @ $3.99
Used $1.00/2 MC from June All You
Total for 2 = $2.99; $1.50 each

2 – Bounty paper towel rolls @ $2.50
Used 2 $0.25/1 MC from 6/7 P&G
Total for 2 = $1.50; $0.75 each

Tomato @ $0.82

Lettuce @ $1.49

4 – Glad Plug-Ins @ $7.96
Used 4 Free Glad Plug-In coupons (ordered from here)
Total = FREE

Raspberries @ $2.00

Grapes @ $3.48

Bananas @ $1.37

Sara Lee bread @ $1.99

Baby cut carrots @ $0.85

Hot dog buns @ $1.15

2 – Huggies baby wash @ $6.58
Used Buy One, Get One Free Publix coupon from Baby Club home mailer
Used 2 $1.00/1 MC from recent newspaper insert
Total for 2 = $1.29; $0.65 each

3 – Newspapers @ $6.00

Publix toilet paper @ $0.01 (Penny Item)

Milk @ $2.89

Total before sales, coupons, and tax = $92.46
*Used $5/$30 Publix coupon
Total after sales, coupons, and tax = $43.96…I saved 57%!

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Here is what I bought at CVS:

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Total for all = $2.11 (I did this in 2 transactions and used $12 ECBs)…I saved 90%!!!

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So, all in all, I spent $46.07 this week…not too shabby if I say so myself! I hope that you were able to find some great deals this week that maximized your savings while minimizing your spending! Happy couponing!!!

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This week’s grocery shopping…

This has been an awesome week for snagging great deals! Tons of the stuff that I bought this week was free and lots of the other stuff was heavily discounted! I used a lot of internet printable coupons this week, so be sure to click on the links and print the coupons for your use as well!

This week I shopped at Target, Wal-Mart, CVS, and Publix. I will also be making one more trip to Publix on Sunday in order to get the penny item. I will post my list for Sunday with coupon links so that you will have enough time to take advantage of those deals as well.

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Wal-Mart

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1 – Pepsi 24 pk @ $5.98

1 – McCormick Salt and Pepper @ $1.07
Used $0.75/1 MC from 4/5 RP
Total = $0.32

3 – Colgate Max Fresh (trial size) @ $2.91
Used 3 $1.00/1 MC from 4/26 SS
Total = FREE

3 – Kraft BBQ sauce @ $2.94
Used 2 $1.00/1 MC from here or here
Used $0.75/1 MC from 5/3 SS
Total = $0.19 (for 3)

2 – Glade Sense and Spray @ $10.00
Used 2 $4.00/1 MC 5/10 SS
Total = $2.00 (for 2)

1 – Honey Maid Grahams @ $2.50
Used $1.00/1 MC from here
Total = $1.50

2 – Purina Benefuls @ $9.36
Used 2 $3.50/1 MC from here
Total = $2.36 (for 2)

2 – Glade Plug-Ins @ $3.24
Used FREE Glade Plug-Ins from here
Total = FREE

3 – Evercare Lint Rollers (travel size) @ $0.97
Used 3 $1.00/1 MC from here
Total = FREE

1 – Wet Ones canister @ $2.14
Used $1.00/1 MC from here or here
Total = $1.14

2 – Kotex pantyliners @ $2.00
Used 2 $0.75/1 MC from 4/5 SS
Total = $0.50 (for 2)

1 – A1 Steaksauce @ $2.98
Used $2.00/1 MC from 5/10 SS
Total = $0.98

1 – Rimmel mascara @ $6.47
Used FREE Rimmel mascara from March All You
Total = FREE

Total before coupons and tax = $54.50
Total after coupons and tax = $19.69
Total savings = 73%!!!!!

For more Wal-Mart deals, go here.
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Publix

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2 – Bic Lighters @ $3.49
Used 2 $1.00/1 MC from here (IE) or here (FF)
Total = $1.49 (for 2)

1 – Huggies Mega pk (52 count) @ $15.99
1 – Huggies wipes @ $2.99
Used Buy 1 Huggies diapers, Get 1 Huggies wipes free – Publix Baby Club coupon
Used $1.50/1 MC (diapers) from here
Used $0.50/1 MC (wipes) from Huggies coupon mailer
Total = $13.49 (for wipes and diapers)

2 – Eggo waffles @ $2.78
Used $1.00/2 MC from here
Total = $1.78 (for 2)

2 – Kraft cheese @ $4.00
Used $1.00/2 MC from here
Total = $3.00 (for 2)

2 – Glade Plug-Ins @ $3.98
Used FREE Glade Plug-Ins from here
Total = FREE

1 – McCormick Grill Mates @ $1.00
Used $1.00/1 MC from recent insert
Total = FREE

3 – McCormick Grinders @ $2.98
Used 2 $1.00/1 MC from recent insert
Used 1 $1.00/1 MC from Publix coupon booklet (found in store)
Total = FREE

1 – Publix milk @ $2.89
Used $1.00 any dairy item – Publix Baby Club coupon
Total = $1.89

1 – Breyers ice cream @ $2.50
Used $0.75/1 MC from 4/5 Unilever
Total = $1.75

1 – Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil @ $3.50
Used $1.00/1 MC from here
Total = $2.50

1 – Publix hand sanitizer @ $0.99
Used FREE Publix 2 oz. hand sanitizer – Publix Baby Club coupon
Total = FREE

1 – Cascade rinse aid @ $3.49
Used FREE Cascade rinse aid from Home Made Simple coupon booklet
Total = FREE

3 – Softsoap @ $3.00
Used 3 $0.35/1 MC from 4/26 SS
Total = $0.90 (for 3)

Total before sales, coupons, and tax = $74.95
*I also used a $5/$50 Piggly Wiggly coupon.
Total after sales, coupons, and tax = $25.30
Total savings = 66%!!!

***By the way, if you have a child under the age of 2, be sure to sign up for the Publix Baby Club. You will receive great gifts and coupons via mail! Sign up here!

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Target

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2 – Ritz crackers @ $5.18
Used 2 $1.00/1 MC from here
Used 2 $1.00/1 Target coupons from here
Total = $1.18 (for 2)

1 – 100 Calorie Mini Cakesters @ $2.79
Used $1.00/1 MC from here
Used $1.00/1 Target coupon from here
Total = $0.79

Total before coupons and tax = $7.97
Total after coupons and tax = $2.16
Total savings = 73%!!!

For more Target deals, go here!

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CVS

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3 – Huggies diapers (34 count) @ $26.97
Used 3 $1.50/1 MC from here
Total = $22.47

Total before sales, coupons, and tax = $35.97
*I used $10 ECBs.
Total after coupons, ECBs, and tax = $14.00
Total savings = 61%!!!

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So that is what I have bought so far this week. All of the diapers will come out of our “surplus grocery” budget and not our weekly grocery budget. As I stated before, I plan on making one more trip to the store for this week’s budget on Sunday. Here are the deals that I will be taking advantage of that have coupon matchups:

4 – McCormick Grill Mates @ $3.98
Use 4 $1.00/1 MC from Publix coupon booklet (found in store)
Total = FREE

2 – Maxwell House coffee @ $3.98
Use $1.00/2 MC from here
Total = $2.98 (for 2)

2 – Yoplait YoPlus yogurt @ $2.50
Use 2 $1.50/1 MC from here (IE) or here (FF)
Total = FREE

2 – Johnson & Johnson first aid products @ Prices Vary (look for prices under $2.50 to get them free)
Use $3.00/2 MC from coupon blinkie located in first aid section in some stores
Use $2.00/2 Publix coupon from Publix Health and Beauty sale paper
Total = Depends on which items you purchase

For more Publix deals go here or here.

Happy couponing!!!

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Weekly Budget Update

Life has seemed more hectic than usual lately! Between Mother’s Day plans, new patients at work, and all the other activities that I normally have, I wasn’t able to post about each individual grocery purchase that I made this past week. However, here is how my grocery shopping all broke down and fit into the budget (I have pictures for some, but not all, of what I bought):

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Total = $37.31
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Target – 2.5 lbs apples
Total = $2.93

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CVS – 3 Diet Coke 12 pks, 6 Vitamin Water
Total = $12.25
*Plus I earned $10 ECBs to use on future purchases!

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Total Spent = $52.49…I went a little over budget this week, because of the vanilla extract. My husband had to run out and purchase it for a cake that I was making, and I forgot to factor that in when I was making my grocery list. Whoops! Oh well…it happens! So, with the $1.60 surplus from last week, I went $0.89 over budget; therefore, next week (or really this week, since I am so late posting this:) my weekly grocery budget will be $49.11.

Here is what I have spent on groceries so far this month:
April 29 through May 5: $48.40
May 6 through May 12: $52.49


I am going to add a post about all the great deals that I got at Publix, Target, AND Wal-Mart this week, so check back soon!

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Establishing a Budget…Ahh!!!!!!!

Budgeting. That used to be a dreaded word for me. My husband would say, “We need to get on a budget,” and I would insist that it wasn’t necessary all while we were living month to month with no savings. What was I thinking?! One day I heard about Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. After reading about a few success stories, I decided to read this book. Wow! After reading this book, I realized how completely money ignorant I was and my husband and I decided to establish a plan for our total money makeover. I won’t go into the details of what Dave Ramsey recommends; however, if you do not have a financial plan or your current financial plan is not working, I highly suggest this book!

Reading this book led us to begin an envelope system. Each month we divide our money into carefully labeled and categorized envelopes. We make the majority of our purchases from the money in these envelopes. This system has completely changed my mindset on spending money! Using cash allows you to see how much money you have left, and it ensures that you are more careful with how you spend and what you spend.

I am telling you all this, because I would like to share my philosophy behind using coupons. Sure you can use coupons and save tons of money, but what good is it if you still spent more than you should? When I first started couponing, I made this mistake…then, I read The Total Money Makeover. Now I realize that I need to be able to save money all while staying within a budget that is within our means. I would like to share our monthly grocery budget with you for two reasons. First, I want the accountability. Secondly, I hope that my sharing our budget will help you decide on a budget that is appropriate for you and your family.

I use a grocery budget that is a little different from most and so it is a little confusing. I will do my best to explain it. Our monthly grocery budget is $300. I spend $50 per week on groceries (my grocery budget week runs from Wednesday through Tuesday to coincide with Publix sales). Depending on how the month falls that will leave me with a $50-$100 surplus. I allot this money for shopping at Costco where I purchase meat, wipes, and other occasional items when they are more economical. This extra money could also be used for purchasing other items at other stores – sometimes, I use this fund for diapers, etc. Here is an example of this month’s budget:

May 1 through May 5 (this week really started on April 29) – $50
May 6 through May 12 – $50
May 13 through May 19 – $50
May 20 through May 26 – $50
May 27 through May 31 (really June 2) – $50
Costco (or other needs) surplus – $50

It seems a little complicated, but it really is not, and I cannot tell you how much less stressful it has made life! I know that for some of you $300 a month budget might sound crazy! A year ago I would have completely agreed with you, but today, now that I have learned to maximize my savings while minimizing my spending, I think that this is a completely reasonable total and the crazy thing is…we have more food than we did when we were spending $800 a month!

So here is what I spent last week (April 29 through May 5):

Publix = $14.59
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Food World = $4.91 (Not pictured: 3 – Hefty aluminum pan 3 pks)
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Target = $8.75 (Plus $5.00 gift card for buying 5 Kellogg’s cereals)
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Publix = $14.45
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CVS = $5.70 (not pictured)

2 Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes @ $6.67
Used 2 $1.00/1 MC
Total = $4.67

1 Nutri-Grain Bars @ $3.33

*Used $3 ECB’s
*Earned $5 ECB’s
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Grand total for the week = $48.40 ($1.60 under budget!) + I earned $5 ECB’s and a $5 Target gift card!

I hope this is helpful to you! Let me know if you have any budgeting tips!

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CVS Trip

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I was planning on purchasing the Skintimate shave gel (Pay $3.49, get $3.49 in ECBs), 2 bags of Easter grass (Pay $1.58, get $1.58 in ECBs) , and 1 Easter basket (Pay $1.99, get $1.99 in ECBs), but they were out of Easter grass and the baskets were hideous (even if they were free after ECBs!). Here is what I ended up getting:

1 Skintimate shaving gel @ $3.49

1 Jumbo Huggies diapers @ $10.00, used $5.00 MC (no longer available)

Total after coupons: $8.49

Used $6.00 ECBs

Total after coupons and tax: $3.39 (I put this on a giftcard, so total OOP was actually $0); I earned $3.49 in ECBs.

So, how did you do at CVS this week? Leave me a comment and let me know!

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CVS Deals – 4/5/09 to 4/11/09

Here are the CVS deals for this week as well as coupon matchups.

Thanks to Gaming the System!

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CVS Deal – 3/24/09

Today I quickly ran out and purchased a coupon of items at CVS that I posted about earlier this week. Go here for details. Here is what I bought:

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2 Post Trail Mix cereal @ $4.59 (on sale B1G1 – Reg. price = $4.59 for 1 box) (This cereal is so yummy!)
Used 2 $2.00/1 MC

2 Campbell’s cream of mushroom soup @ $1.69 (on sale B1G1 – Reg. price = $1.69 for 1 can)
Used $1.00/2 MC

Subtotal before coupons: $6.28
Total after coupons: $2.06 (I decided not to use any ECB’s today – I just put it on a CVS gift card that I had; therefore, total OOP = nothing!)

*By the way, CVS sale prices are not applicable unless you have your CVS card swiped.

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