Thursday, July 31, 2008
In July, I spent a total of $268.54 on groceries, anything purchased at Wal-Mart and @ Walgreens.
Before coupons/sales- the total was $699.89
I saved $431.35!!!!
I usually keep my food/toiletries budget as close to $200 a month as possible, but there were deals this month that were just too hard to pass up! Granted, not everything I bought was for us- like the J&J deal. But, it was for baby shower gifts, which I would have been spending $ on anyways, just not out of this category our of budget.
How did you do this month? What was your most impressive savings/deal?
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
- walked 2 miles on the treadmill (at an incline!)
- watered the front yard
- prepared spicy mexican chicken for dinner, and it's cooking in the crockpot (http://onefrugalchick.blogspot.com/2008/03/spicy-mexican-chicken.html)
- made the bed
- completed 2 loads of laundry (ok, MA- you beat me w/ your 3 or 4 loads yesterday!)
- swept the kitchen floor
Now if I could just figure out how I'm going to manage my time and the house once I start working 8 to 4!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
TUF Trash bags- on sale for B1G1 free
2 for 3.99
after $5 ES rebate- FREE + some!
Purina Puppy Chow- $3.99 x2
- 2 $4/1 manf printable coupons- take a quick survey to print 2 coupons(http://www.giveabowl.com/Consumer/brands/brandSelector.html?LI=1)
Hershey's Bliss Chocolate- 6 bags (I'm going to do 2 seperate rebates)
$3.50 a bag
- 6 $1/1 coupon from ES catalog
- 5 $1/1 manf. coupon from paper and here: http://www.hersheys.com/bliss/coupon_123.aspx
-$5 off any $10 hershey's purchase ES rebate
= Free candy after rebate! (If you have the B1G1 coupon from a while back, this is even better!)
Flower and veggie seeds on clearance for $0.12 x4
Makeup- B1g1 free special- 2 for $9.99
-2 $2/1 peelies found on product
Total oop: $9.82 (I used a $5 RR)
will earn $15 back on my rebates!
Pretty, huh? I don't know what it's called- but our climbing bush thingy started producing these beautiful flowers!
Nothing too exciting has been going on around here......I'm going to run to Walgreen's later on to try some deals, I'll let you'all know how it goes.
I'm also going to call the Gap's in town- there is a Friends & Family event this weekend and it's tax-free weekend! So, hopefully I can locate a coupon (usually 30% off your entire purchase) and score some great clothing deals for Brandon and I!
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Here's Ryan holding Baby Rylan! Erica- was this his 1st time holding a baby?!
Friday, July 25, 2008
www.borders.com is having a special until Saturday night. $5 off any book! I had to switch to firefox to check out- but I purchased 14 books, originally $72.80 for $9.91! They will be delivered to my local borders within the next week, saving me shipping!
Go over to MSM and check this out!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Have I ever mentioned this site? http://www.taylortownpreview.com/id64.htm
It's run by a lady down in FL, and she posts the upcoming inserts each week. Usually by Wed. or Thursday evening. Anywho- we don't get all the coupons/all the same amount off here, but it's a great way to predict how many papers/inserts to collect come Sunday.
Just a random couponing tidbit :)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
$2/1 FarmRich Pizza Snack (Pizza Slices or Mozzarella Bites) - exp 12/31/08
Bic Back to School coupons
Skinny Cow Ice cream- .50/1
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Walgreens has their outdoor, foldy chairs (w/ arms) for 50% off. In the July Easy Saver catalog there is a $5 off rebate offer for the quad chair, with no limit!
So, it looks like this:
Quad Chair- 9.99
=$5.42 (including tax)
-$5 mail in rebate- line 39 on the earnings sheet (remember, if you get it on a WG gift card, you get 10% more- so that would cover the tax!)= FREE!
I found the chairs by the registers at my store, but be sure and check the clearance aisles too!
Also- many Walgreens have the cucumber melon line of Johnson & Johnson on clearance for $3.59. (make sure and get the 27 or 28 oz ones!)
Purchase 3= 10.77
-$3 (easy saver coupon)
-$3 in manf. coupons from http://www.johnsonsbaby.com/specialOffers.do
= 4.77 plus tax oop
earn a $5 RR for your next purchase, meaning FREE baby stuff for all those baby showers I have coming up!
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Saturday, July 19, 2008
The brought Sebastian with them- and of course, he has to kiss on Brandon:
Sharon and I also went to Walgreens to run the razor and shampoo deal one more time. (She brought me more coupons from Dallas!!!) I walked out of Walgreens with 2 packages of razors, shampoo and conditioner for $2.44!!
Friday, July 18, 2008
it's on the right side of the screen :)
ps- their orange refresher, the drink they are advertising- is on sale for $2.95!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Tonight, Brandon decided to run my grocery errands with me, since we are preparing for his parents to come spend the weekend with us. We went to Homeland, and this is what we got:
2 Eskimo Pie Ice cream treats- $2 each
- $1/1 manf coupon (doubled)= FREE!
2 Ragu sauce pouches- $1.75
-$.75/1 manf coupon= $.25 each
Smart Balance butter- $2.99
- $1/1 manf coupon= $.99
Beef for Saturday's dinner- on sale for $2.99/lb
Dole Salad- $1.89
-$.55/1 manf coupon= $.79
and a few other things I didn't have coupons for, but they had on sale or a decent price.
Total spent: $24.21
Total saved: $17.85
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Anywho- if you were by any chance interested, email me and I can refer you.
Also, I've been posting my old textbooks on Amazon for sale. Now that it's getting closer to school starting, I've sold 2 in the past 24 hours! So, if you have any textbooks laying around or any other books that you'd like to sell- check out Amazon.com to see if you could make any $ off of 'em!
I'm still fighting my sinus infection, so nothing too exciting is going on around here. I had my new hire meeting w/ the school district today- it's kinda crazy to think I'll be working full time soon!
Monday, July 14, 2008
I just got back from Target and spent only $11 on lunch meat, 4 pk of klennex (I have a sinus infection), bread, 3 cans of pringles and sour cream! I used 3 of the Target .50/1 pringles coupons, 1 .30/3 manf coupon, a sour cream coupon and a free lunch meat coupon from land o frost.
We swung by Office Depot tonight to get Brandon some ink for his printer- we used the max amount ($9) of the ink exchange coupons and cut the cost of his ink in 1/2! I used 3 of the coupons and paid $0.26 for a reem of paper, 500 stickers and glue sticks- all of which I'll use when school starts.
Earlier I was on HCW, and saw the Walgreens preview ad for next week. I saw that Seventh Generation cleaners/products are 25% off. If you go to this website and register, you can print numerous SG coupons. http://www.seventhgeneration.com/
(hint- Karen..since you love this stuff!)
Without the Walgreens Easy Saver booklet and my manf. coupons I would have spent $94.38!
Here's the breakdown:
- Loreal Vive Shampoo/Conditioner- Walgreens has it on sale for B1G1 Free, then I had 3 B1G1 Free manf. coupons, combine them together=6 FREE!
- Maalox chewables- on sale for 3.99, used the Easy Saver booklet coupon for $2 off each one, and then the $2/1 manf coupon from this past Sunday's paper= FREE!
- Garden tools on sale- .40 and .50!
- Schick Razors- originally $5.99; I used the $2/1 Easy Saver booklet coupon x6, then 3 of the B1G1 Free coupons from the Sunday paper= $0.99 a package
I went to QT afterwards to get more coupons from the Daily Oklahoman, but the paper lady had already picked all the old Sunday ones up :( So, unless my inlaws bring me some of the coupons from Texas, I won't be able to run this deal again......but I'm pretty proud of my coupon deal!
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
All laundry detergent is on sale for $2.99 @ Warehouse market. I had Wal-Mart price comp it and then I used a $1/1 coupon (http://www.allfreeclear.com/allfreeclear/register/index.aspx). Paying $1.99 for 32 loads of laundry- that's 6 cents a load!
As many of you know, Brandon and I adore our Alma mater, OSU. A very wealthy oil man, T. Boone Pickens has made numerous donations to the school and athletic department. Thus, we like him too- he's making our school a better place (and hopefully a better football team!) through his donations.
Anywho- earlier this week I was flipping channels and I saw good ol' Boone on Fox and CNN News. (Wearing a bright orange tie of course!) He was promoting his new energy plan, the Pickens Plan. He's putting alot of $$$$ behind this to run ad's throughout the presidential race...anywho, check out the website:
Basically, he (the oil man) is saying that we are running out of oil, and we need to stop being so dependent on it. (duh!) He proposes using wind power to generate electricity. Wind is a renewable resource, throughout the plains there is plenty of open space to construct these wind farms.
He also proposes using natural gas to fuel transportation. This part I don't understand, but I think it comes after the wind power stuff takes off.
Anywho- I don't usually promote political stuff here, but I think it's great that someone is launching a huge campaign and has a 10 yr plan for reducing our dependence on oil. I just hope it works!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Tonight we tried her broccoli cheddar soup- yuck. It actually didn't taste that terrible, it was just such a mess to clean up! All the cheese was super stringy and the soup had a strange texture.
I have a much lower calorie, better tasting version that I cook on the stovetop.....but I digress, you'all should try her chipotle chicken recipe. Here's the link: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2008/06/crockpot-chipotle-chicken-with-sweet.html
While Brandon mowed the lawn this evening, I re-arranged my pantry. Mom and Erica put everything in there for me last week (which I really appreciated!) but I added the white wire shelves and gave myself more room. I love having such a large pantry!
Monday, July 7, 2008
The Lurvey's came down from Missouri, and brought us this beautiful piece of furniture that's been in the family for a LONG time. We put it in the formal dining room and we were so excitied to finally be able to display our wedding china!Finally, today I listed more of my old textbooks on Amazon. I've already sold 3 textbooks and should be receiving my 1st payment from Amazon soon! If you have any extra books laying around, be sure and check Amazon to see if you can make some $$ off of them! (Thanks Erica!)
Sunday, July 6, 2008
60 cents off/2 Musselman's apple sauce: http://www.musselmans.com/Coupon.aspx?source=mmpromos
50 cents off/2 cups of yoplait yogurt- http://bricks.coupons.com/Start.asp?tqnm=re1uedz75148646&bt=wi&o=52819&ci=1&c=YL&p=AQ9T8yHC
$1/1 Honeynut Cherrios- https://honeynutcheerios.icmodus.com/Default.aspx?bhcp=1
$2/1 Just Bunches, Honey Bunches of Oats Coupon- http://www.kraftfoods.com/honeybunchesofoats (this is supposed to be under $3 @ WalMart making for some cheap cereal)
Thursday, July 3, 2008
I'm trying to be as frugal as possible as we paint/fix up the new house. So far, these are the deals I've gotten:
tons of $$ saved by buying a remnant from a local carpet store- we carpeted the room for around $300!!!
Lowes- 10% off entire purchase and $10 off any $25 purchase coupons
Valspar paint's $5 rebate per gallon
$9.99 curtains at Target
& doing all the painting, taping, etc myself.
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
After getting my cable/internet hooked up and new carpet installed, Karen and the kiddos came over to steam clean the carpet upstairs! Have I mentioned how great of friends we have? Erica who helped us pack and she cleaned my bathrooms for me...Karen steam cleaning my carpets and even offering to help us paint this place during the next open weekend! Kathi and Mike (from church) even brought us by banana bread and offered to bring us dinner!!
Anywho, as everyone was leaving tonight, we found this little guy on our front porch:
And- to top it all off.....mom and dad brought us this cool housewarming gift :)