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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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Triple Coupons at Food World and Bruno’s!

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Bruno’s and Food World are tripling manufacturer coupons up to $0.55 from May 1st through May 3rd! This could lead to some really great deals for free or almost free items!

Happy couponing!

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Bruno’s and Food World Triple Coupon Saturday!

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Bruno’s and Food World will be tripling coupons again on Saturday, April 25! This deal is great for getting free or close to free items. On the last triple coupon Saturday, I was able to stock up on some great items at drastically reduced prices!

Happy couponing!

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Food World Triple Coupon Day – 77% Savings!!!

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After the great savings that I had at Food World/Bruno’s triple coupon days, I decided to take advantage of this deal again. I was able to take advantage of some great deals on some great stock-up items!

Here is what I bought:
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3 Bumble Bee tuna packs @ $4.47 ($1.49 each)
Used 3 $0.55/1 MC
Total = Free

1 Betty Crocker cookie mix @ $2.49
Used $0.45/1 MC
Total = $1.14

1 Mahatma brown rice @ $1.39
Used $0.50/1 MC
Total = Free

4 cans Dole pineapple @ $3.96 ($0.99 each)
Used 2 $0.55/2 MC
Total = $0.66

4 cans Dole mandarin oranges @ $4.00 ($1.00 each)
Used 2 $0.55/2 MC
Total = $0.70

4 French’s mustard @ $5.56 ($1.39 each)
Used 4 $0.50/1 MC
Total = Free

3 French’s fried onions @ $7.17 ($2.39 each)
Used 3 $0.50/1 MC
Total = $2.67

1 Frank’s Red Hot sauce @ $1.25
Used $0.50/1 MC
Total = Free

4 Powerade @ $4.00 ($1.00 each)
Used 4 $0.40/1 MC
Total = Free

1 Smucker’s grape jelly @ $1.89
Used $0.25/1 MC
Total = $1.14

2 Hungry Jack pancake mixes @ $4.78 ($2.39 each)
Used 2 $0.55/1 MC
Total = $1.48

1 Pillsbury brownie mix @ $1.50
Used $0.35/1 MC
Total = $0.45

2 Lawry’s seasoned salt @ $3.18
Used 2 $0.50/1 MC
Total = $0.18

1 Pam nonstick spray @ $2.99
Used $0.55/1 MC
Total = $1.34 (I should have gotten this at Publix this week…it would have been much cheaper!)

1 Country Crock honey butter spread @ $1.39
Used $0.50/1 MC
Total = Free

4 packages Land O’ Lakes butter sticks @ $7.96 ($1.99 each)
Used 4 $0.55/1 MC
Total = $1.36

6 Yoplait yogurt @ $4.50
Used $0.40/6 MC
Total = $3.30

1 gallon Southern Home milk @ $2.50
Total = $2.50

Total before coupons and sales = $71.11
Total after coupons and sales = $16.49…That’s a savings of 77%!!!

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Triple Coupons at Bruno’s and Food World!!!

Sorry for posting this so late, but Bruno’s and Food World will be tripling coupons up to $0.55 on Saturday, April 18. I was able to get some great deals at Food World several weeks ago when they were tripling coupons, so I’m excited to see what kind of deals I can find this time!

Thanks to Melissa for this info!

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Food World – Saved 67%!

I decided to take advantage of Food World’s triple coupon days this week. I was able to get several items for free or almost free as well as some great deals on some items that I needed to restock (such as Ziploc bags, toilet paper, and paper towels). Shopping at Food World was a totally different experience from Publix! I actually was feeling pretty grumpy as I was shopping, because the store wasn’t as organized and clean as Publix and also the employees were not as friendly…however, when I saw all the items I got for free, I felt a lot better…not enough to switch to Food World, but better! Here is what I purchased (I made 2 trips because I did not bring all of my coupons in my 1st trip…this is why planning is so important!):

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3 Betty Crocker frostings @ $4.50
Used 3 $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = Free

2 Mahatma brown rice @ $2.78
Used $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = Free

2 Kraft barbeque sauce @ $3.00
Total = $3.00

2 Lowry’s seasoned salt @ $3.76
Used 2 $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = $0.76

Lowry’s garlic salt @ $1.60
Used $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = $0.10

Nature’s Pride bread @ $2.89
Used $0.55 MC (tripled)
Total = $1.24

Smucker’s grape jam @ $2.39
Used $0.25 MC (tripled)
Total = $1.64

3 New York croutons @ $4.00
Used 3 $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = Free (Food World does not give overage)

3 Mentos gum @ $4.77
Used 3 $0.55 MC (tripled)
Total = Free

Tortillas @ $0.49
Total = $0.49

3 Flipz pretzels @ $4.50
Used 3 $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = Free

Glad storage dishes @ $3.29
Used $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = $1.79

3 Ziploc bags @ $6.87
Used 2 $0.55 MC (tripled)
Used $0.40 MC (tripled)
Total = $2.37

Angel soft toilet paper (6 double rolls) @ $4.49
Used $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = $2.99

Viva paper towel roll @ $2.00
Used $0.40 MC (tripled)
Total = $0.80

Q-tips (210 count) @ $2.19
Used $0.30 MC (tripled)
Total = $1.29

Daisy sour cream (8 oz) @ $1.00
Used $0.50 MC (tripled)
Total = Free

Johnsonville breakfast sausage @ $3.49
Used $0.55 MC (tripled)
Total = $1.84

Lettuce @ $0.59
Total = $0.59

Strawberries @ $2.50
Total = $2.50

Skippy peanut butter @ $2.66
Used $0.40 MC (tripled)
Total = $1.46

Total before coupons and sales = $75.54
Total after coupons and sales = $26.19 (includes tax)

Did you take advantage of Bruno’s or Food World’s triple coupon days? Let me know how you did!

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Triple Coupons at Food World and Bruno’s!!!

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Bruno’s and Food World are tripling manufacturer coupons up to $0.55 from April 5 through April 7! This could lead to some really great deals for free or almost free items!

Thanks to Melissa for this information!

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