Well, I’ve been gone for over a month. There’s a good excuse, I had this…
Yep, that’s right, I had an Magnadoodle. Just kidding, I had a baby. And that’s Elliott’s drawing of her. She’s super-cute, huh? She looks just like me.
So I feel kinda bad that my first post in over a month isn’t about my newborn daughter, she does deserve her own post, but this one is about coupons and good deals. See where the guilt is coming from? Good. Now that that is out of the way, here’s my glorious hauls from Kroger and Meijer.
Oh wait, two random things: I’m getting a lot better about spending small amounts of money and making multiple trips over two weeks as opposed to one giant trip and then no trips until the next pay day. I do like it better and feel I’m getting more for my money that way (that might just be in my head though). Also, a lot of times when I go to get my groceries, some of the items I want that are really good deals (due to being on sale and having an amazing coupon) are out of stock. That’s to be expected when so many more people are couponing lately (I blame the stupid Extreme Couponing shows that made everyone coupon crazy…I was doing this first people!!), but when I go to pay, I forget to take those coupons out of the stack I hand the cashier. I seriously do not do this on purpose; I miss some good deals or getting free stuff because I hand over my coupons and they aren’t paying attention (and, apparently, neither am I…) because they just scan them, take that amount off my bill, and don’t even realize I didn’t buy that item or items. Which would seem like a good thing (and why my Kroger bill from last night was less than it should have been), but I really don’t want to just get money off for no reason and then I don’t have the coupon for when the item is in stock again. Boo. So I’m now working on paying more attention to what coupons I hand over, because this has happened a lot recently.
-two Ice Mountain Aquapods = free!
-two Propel waters = .18
-two Dole pineapples = .58
-two Thai Kitchen rice bowls = 1.00
-Aunt Millie’s hot dog buns = .11
-two Vlasic relish = .38
-five Archway cookies = 4.45 (.89 each)
-three Betty Crocker brownie mixes = 1.50
retail price = $67.96
paid = $24.82
savings = $43.14 or 64%
-three Reach floss = free!
-two Kraft singles = 1.58
-two Boulder Canyon chips = free!
-six Quaker rice cakes = 2.74 (.45 each)
-one Creamette pasta = free!
-two cartons of strawberries = 2.00
retail price = $57.13
paid = $16.41
($6 of that was a pork loin that was on sale,
so take the meat away, and I got all that stuff for $10.41)
savings = $40.72 (71%)
*Disclaimer: I was supposed to buy some deoderant and Listerine pocket packs (whatever those are…) when I was at Kroger, but they were all out. I forgot to take out my coupons for those items (that would have been free) and the cashier rang them through without questioning and so I ended up saving an additional $3 than I should have. Oops.
Still pumped about my savings though and I’m hoping to get my budget down to $100 every two weeks in the near future. I think that might be pushing it (we’re at $120 right now) and with Harper’s formula, I’m not exactly sure how that will work, but it’s a goal.
Also because of my extended maternity leave, I’m taking about five weeks unpaid (boo) and that means I don’t get a pay check for most of July and all of August. While that will suck, we’ve prepared financially so that everything will be covered, but I would love to have enough of a stockpile built up that I can spend $30-$40 a week as opposed to the $60 a week I have planned for. That would make me super-happy and save us some major grocery bucks. Fingers crossed.