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Weekly Totals 5/8 – 5/14/11! 87% Savings at Publix!!

Another super week!

This week’s totals were fantastic, along with some amazing deals!

This Week’s Totals:

Publix:
Total: $89.88
Savings: $77.02
Spent: $12.86
% Saved: 87% STUPENDOUS!

This bought me:

2 bottles 7th Generation Dish Liquid (FREE!!)
2 bottles Herbal Essence Shampoo ($1.50 each!)
1 bottles Herbal Essence Conditioner ($1.50 each!)
2 bottles Lysol All Purpose Cleaner ($.85 each!)
6 bottles Hunts Ketchup ($.58 each!) (perfect…we go through lots of ketchup!)
10 packs Yakisoba Noodle meals (FREE plus paid me back $.11 for every 2!)
1 bottle Honey Roasted Peanuts ($2.18…good price)
2 jars Vlasic pickles ($.70 each!)
13 bags Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese ($.30 each!)(My kids LOVE these so I stock up!)

Wow! SUPER POW for my buck! Everything we use. :)

Walmart:
Total: $7.59
Savings: $2.00 plus!
Spent: $12.38

This bought me:

2 packs Reach Dental Floss (FREE…plus paid me back $.12 each!)
4 cans GV Spaghettios w/meatballs ($.73 each! compared to Chef Boyardee @ $1.49)
1 jar GV Fluff ($.84 each!)
1 pack Swiss Miss Diet Hot Chocolate ($1.64 each…great price because they’re $2.49 at Publix!)
1 jar MC Ginger Spice ($2.62…once every 3-4 yr purchase)

Overall…great savings! :)

Aldis:
Spent: $21.69
Saved: Always save!

This bought me:

3 gals of Skim Milk (paid $2.69 each….ooooh went up $.10)
1 tub Cottage Cheese (paid $1.99)
1 loaves Whole Wheat bread (paid $1.29 each)
1 jar Applesauce ($1.29 each)
1 bottle Parmesean Cheese ($2.39 each)
1 box Ritz-like crackers ($1.59 each)
1 can pear halves ($.89 each)
1 bottle chocolate syrup ($1.39 each)
4 bottles Tartar Sauce ($.59 CLEARANCE ITEM! Still on sale so I picked up more. They’re good for awhile yet.)

In all….wonderful savings!

My total grocery bill for last week: $42.14

Giving Bin Donations: 1 pack Organic sippy drinks from my stockpile.

How was your shopping last week? Share it with me!

Weekly Totals for 5/1 – 5/7/11!

This week’s totals were good even though I had to spend a bit more than usual this week. Hey…I can’t complain and I’m a REAL shopper…not an extreme shopper. ;)

This Week’s Totals:

Publix:
Total: $163.67
Savings: $124.43
Spent: $39.18
% Saved: 76% WOW!

This bought me:

4 bags Pepperidge Farm Artisan Frozen Rolls (paid $.50 each!)
2 10lb bags of Tidy Cat cat liter (paid $.20 each!)
2 boxes Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies cereal (paid $1.49 each!)
2 boxes Post Alpha Bits cereal (paid $1.63 each!)
4 tubs Whole Fruit Sorbet (paid $.50 each!)
4 boxes Kellogg’s Crunch Nut cereal (paid $1.30 each!)
8 boxes of Edward’s Frozen Singles desserts (paid $.48 each!)
2 bags Yoplait Frozen Smoothies (paid $.60 each!)
2 jars Newman’s Peach Salsa (paid $1 each!)
5 tubs Philadelphia Cooking Creme (paid $.50 for 4 and ONE was FREE!)
1 jar of Honey Roasted Peanuts (paid $2.18…good price w/out coupon.)
2 boxes Pillsbury Toaster Struedels (paid $.85 each!)
4 packs Yoplait Kids Yogurt (FREE!)
4 packs Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt ($.50 each!)
2 packs Yoplait Trix Yogurt ($1.09 each!)
2 packs Jello Temptations ($1.50 each!)
1 pack Freezer Pops ($2.50…not bad)
4 bottles Fuze drinks ($.50 each!)
2 packs mini donuts snacks ($.75 each…I was suckered in by my little ones! :) )

Wow! Lots of bang for my buck! Everything we use. :)

Kroger:
Total: $23.84
Savings: $19.60
Spent: $4.24
% Saved: 82%

I don’t shop at Kroger too often but they were having this amazing deal on Ronzoni Pasta that I couldn’t resist. I’m donating all the Whole Wheat pasta I bought to the food bank. We have just never quite liked the taste…guess it must be my New York Italian influence and strong love for the taste of semolina flour. :)

This bought me:

4 boxes Ronzoni Whole Wheat Pasta (FREE!!)
6 boxes Ronzoni Pasta (FREE!!)
2 Sunday Papers ($2 each)

CRAZY, INSANE savings! :)

Walmart:
Total: $12.73
Savings: $.35 plus!
Spent: $12.38

This bought me:

1 (24)pack Diet Coke (my vice! $5.98)
1 loaf Pepperidge Farm Raisin Bread (paid $2.65. I gave myself a treat. This loaf was $3.99 at Publix and only $3.00 at Walmart…great savings!)
1 pack Corn Tortillas ($.92….Cinco de Mayo!)
1 pack Snack bags ($2.48)

Overall…great savings! :)

Super H Mart:
Spent: $14.24
Saved: Always save!

This bought me:

2 heads of Red Leaf Lettuce ($.50 EACH!!! Amazing!!)
3 lemons ($.25 each!)
6 lbs of bananas ($.49/lb)
2 lbs of Gala Apples ($1.49/lb)
7 lbs of HUGE Chicken Drumsticks ($.99/lb…always great savings!)

Aldis:
Spent: $39.99
Saved: Always save!

This bought me:

3 gals of Skim Milk (paid $2.59 each)
1 tub Cottage Cheese (paid $1.99)
2 packs (4) Applesauce cups (paid $.89 each)
2 loaves Whole Wheat bread (paid $1.29 each)
2 packs (4) pudding cups (paid $.89 each)
5 cans Spaghettios or Raviolis (paid $.69 each…awesome reg. price item!)
2 cans fruit cocktail ($.79 each)
1 bag mini-marshmallows ($.89)
1 pack 250 ct Napkins ($1.49)
2 jars Cocktail Sauce ($.49 CLEARANCE ITEM! Awesome price!)
1 pack Cheddar Bratwurst ($2.49…love it!)
1 box raisins ($1.69)
2 bottles Tartar Sauce ($.59 CLEARANCE ITEM! Awesome price!)
2 tubs Spring Frosting ($.39 CLEARANCE ITEM! Awesome price!)
1 bottle 6n1 Spring Sprinkles ($.39 CLEARANCE ITEM! Awesome price! Reg $2.99!)
1 pack eggs ($1.35)
1 pack Swiss cheese ($2.29)
1lb lunch meat ($3.29)
4 boxes Mac & Cheese ($.35 each)

In all….wonderful savings!

My total grocery bill for last week: $110.03

Giving Bin Donations: 4 boxes Ronzoni Whole Wheat Pasta

How was your shopping last week? Share it with me!

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Weekly Totals 4/24 – 4/30/11

What a fabulous week of savings! It feels really good to stock up and save money for my family and for others. Here’s the breakdown:

This Week’s Totals:

Publix:
Total: $139.53
Savings: $107.60
Spent: $31.93
% Saved: 77% WOW!

This bought me:

6 Powerade Drinks (paid $.31 each! Super deal!)
2 BIC razors (FREE plus paid me $.51!)
8 boxes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes ($.82 each! I stock up on cereal deals!)
2 bags Tyson Chicken Nuggets ($2.00 each! Staple in my home. :) )
6 boxes NY Texas Toast ($.26 each! My kids LOVE these!)
6 boxes Jose Ole Taquitos & Mini Tacos ($1.50 each! Love it!)
3 boxes Kellogg’s Froot Loops & Corn Pops ($1.49 each! These were the large ones.)
4 packs BIC razors ($.75 each!)

Super duper savings at Publix this week!! :)

Walmart:
Total: $21.96
Savings: $10.30 (includes clearance discounts)
Spent: $12.01
% Saved: 45%

This bought me:

4 packs Pillsbury refrigerated cookies (paid $.75 each!)
2 packs Nestle refrigerated cookies (paid $.50 each!)
2 packs Swiss Miss Diet Hot Cocoa (paid $1.64 each …compared at Publix $2.49 each) This is another staple for me.
1 pack of Easter Bakery Cookies (paid $1.20…reg. $2 each)
1 Mini Round ??something I needed…can’t remember? (paid $1.68)

Overall…great savings! :)

Aldis:
Spent: $17.63
Saved: Always save!

This bought me:

4 packs (4) Pudding Cups (paid $.89)
3 gals of Skim Milk (paid $2.59 each)
1 tub Cottage Cheese (paid $1.99)
2 packs (4) Applesauce cups (paid $.89)
1 pack onion soup mix (paid $.69) For those Sour Creams I bought!
1 Grape Jelly (paid $1.49)

Super H Mart:
Spent: $4.19
Saved: Always Save!

This bought me:

1 head of Red Leaf Lettuce (paid $1.29 each)
1/2 lb of Roma Tomatoes (paid $1.37)
3lbs of bananas (paid $1.45)

In all….wonderful savings!

My total grocery bill for last week: $65.76

Giving Bin Donations: BIC Shavers

How was your shopping last week? Share it with me!

Weekly Totals (last week) 4/17/11 through 4/23/11

Last week was almost a non-existent shopping week for me because of the Publix sale alteration. But it was fine….I survived and did pick up some deals that came up after I had done my previous week’s shopping. :)

This Week’s Totals:

Publix:
Total: $46.08
Savings: $24.72
Spent: $21.36
% Saved: 54%

This bought me:

4 12pks of Diet Coke (this is my VICE!…hence…more than half my bill :( ) (paid $3.00 ea…is good for Coke)
2 boxes Finish Powerball Diswasher Detergent 32pk (paid $1.75 ea! Awesome deal!)
2 bags Dove chocolates (paid $.56 each! Wow!)
2 bottles French’s Spicy Brown Mustard (paid $.79 ea! Fantastic! Although sorry I missed last week’s sale…they would have been free!)
1 jar of Planters Honey Peanuts (paid $2.19…not bad…and I needed them.)

So all in all, not too bad for my $21 bucks. :)

Walmart:
Total: $14.34
Savings: $8.90
Spent: $5.44
% Saved: 62%

This bought me:

5 packs Yoplait Kids Yogurt (got these FREE with my coupons :) )
1 can compressed air (paid $4.96…ouch! But my computer is now clean and quiet and I have a feeling its going to last me a few more cleanings :) )

Aldis:
Spent: $18.51
Saved: Always save!

This bought me:
1 loaf Whole Wheat Bread (paid $1.29)
1 bottle White Vinegar (paid $.79) Easter egg coloring!
1 bottle Chocolate Syrup (paid $1.39)
1 pack Vanilla Pudding Cups (paid $.89)
3 gals of Skim Milk (paid $2.59 each)
1 pack eggs (paid $1.25)
1 tub Cottage Cheese (paid $1.99)
1 pack (4) Applesauce cups (paid $.89)
1 pack flour tortillas (paid $.99)

Super H Mart:
Spent: $18.74
Saved: Significantly!

This bought me:
2 Striped Bass Whole Fish (paid $6.85…on sale for $2.99/lb) (yes…whole fish…it was interesting…yet delicious! Calls for another story)(This was for a special Friday night dinner with the hubby :) )
1 pack Beef Chuck Steak (paid $2.05…on special for $1.99/lb…reg..$3.99/lb)
1 pack Port Loin Chop (paid $2.37…on special for $1.99/lb…reg…$2.99/lb)
2 bunches of Garlic (paid $.58 @$1.99/lb)
1 bunch of Bananas (paid $1.01 @$.49/lb)
2 Lemons (paid $.50)
1 bag onions (paid $.99…w/$1.00 off Member Card discount)
1 bunch Parsley (paid $.50…this was a huge bunch!)
1 5lb box of Cuties Clementines (paid $3.50 after $4.99 sale and $1.50 off coupon…sweet!)

So not shabby at all!

My total grocery bill for last week: $64.05

How was your shopping last week? Share it with me!

Happy Earth Day! A great way to recycle your Coupon Paper!

Happy Earth Day everyone! Hope you’re having a wonderful day of appreciating our planet. :)

I thought I would share with you a way I recycle everyday with my couponing. I really hate to waste anything and like to make sure things get put into their recycling bins (my husband would testify to that! ;) ).

When I print coupons from the Internet, there always seems to be BIG white areas (especially when you print ONE!) and lots of scraps. Since I’m the recycle queen in my house, I found a way to be most efficient with my printouts. :)

The first thing I did was placed a special box close to my desk to put my scrap paper in. I know…nothing fancy…but it works for me. There are definitely much nicer options. :)

Now, I’ve figured a way to print TWO single coupons on one sheet of paper by printing and turning it so it will print like the picture. It just seems so wasteful to print ONE coupon per sheet of paper. Be sure to run a few practice rounds on your printer before you do it with coupons you actually want!

Now I take this paper and cut it through the middle as shown on the left. This leaves me with wonderful strips of paper that I use for shopping lists or writing any ideas I may have down. I love these! Then I trim off the excess around the coupon and put these in a separate bag or box. Guess what I use these for?! Art projects! Yes…you can blend them up to make homemade paper for cards or scrapbooking OR for even messier fun…paper mache! What can I say…I’m an artist and I love doing fun crafty projects. :)

Now when I have no choice on the single coupon print, I will put the large pieces in my scrap paper box and either cut them into shopping lists OR my girls get to use them for coloring and drawing on. :)

It’s a win, win! I love it! You can have Earth Day everyday when you coupon!

Do you have anything you would like to share on how you reuse and recycle?

Charitable Giving with Couponing…Save the Date…May 17th.

I’ve set a date for May 17th to be our first day as a website community to bring a donation to a local food bank. This site is at its very beginning but I want this important element to grow as the site grows. So start building up your charitable donations when you do your weekly shopping. Set aside a special donation bin in your home to fill up each month to bring to your local food bank or church.

I will be posting hot deals that I think would be great for donations (and yourself of course)! Buy for you and for your donation bin. I will also be sharing pictures and stories of how its going here on my end with my giving. It would be fantastic if you could share your stories and links to your photos you want to share with everyone!

To help you on your way, here is a link to help you find a local food bank in your area. You can also contact your local schools or churches to find out where you can bring your donations so it can really impact your local community. Try to group together with other friends you know who coupon or people in your neighborhood so you can bring it all in one trip to save on gas.

This is a VERY important part of being a serious couponer…giving your abundance to others. We find amazing deals for our own families but what about sharing that with others? No one should go hungry or be scraping by for food with the availability of coupons and sales. If each one of us gave just a little bit of our super deals, think of the impact that could have on the food banks and churches feeding the communities around us.

Its okay to keep a small stockpile of things you use regularly but you should never hoard. Be a giver! You will feel the amazing benefits of happiness in giving as much as you do from saving money with your amazing couponing skills! Take that adrenaline you feel when you find the amazing deal for yourself and find that amazing deal for your local food bank or church! It’s a double rush! :)

Thank you for reading and participating….there are many others that will be greatly thankful for your efforts and compassion. :)

Weekly Totals 4/10 – 4/16/11

Another great week of shopping at Publix. Those BOGOs are amazing! I also shop at Aldi’s and Super H for staples that I can’t get on sale. All of Aldi’s products are high quality and their customer service is fantastic.

So this week’s totals:

Publix:
Total: $138.03
Savings: $106.06
Spent: $31.97
% Saved: 77% WOW! Better than Black Friday after Thanksgiving! (without the lines…thank you. :) )

This bought me:
6 bags Wise Cheez Doodles (kids LOVE them!….yes…me too. ;) paid $.50 each…super deal!)
2 bags Lays Potato Chips (paid only $.44 each…super deal!)
3 bags Birds Eye Frozen Steamer Veggies (paid $.80 each!)
8 bags Kraft Shredded Cheese (these freeze well and I love them on my salads! I re-stock every few months) (paid only $.67 each!)
4 tubs Breakstone Sour Cream ( paid $.12 each! Super deal!!!)
2 tubs Cool Whip (paid $.58 each!)
6 cans Tuttorosso Crushed Tomatoes (paid $.44 each!)
4 cans Dole’s Pineapple (yummy!) (paid $.29 each!)
3 boxes Kellogg’s Pop Tarts (paid $.71 each!)
4 packs Kraft Cheese Singles (paid $1.25 each!)
4 boxes Duncan Hines Brownies (paid $.35 each!)
2 tubs Mentos 50pc Gum (paid $.65 each!)

As you can see…my $31.97 went REALLY far. And I only buy what we use…so this is fantastic!

Aldi’s: $23.21
3 gals milk (lowest price around @ $2.59/gal)
2 packs lunch puddings $.89 ea.
2 packs lunch applesauce $.89 ea
1 pack mini marshmallows $.89 ea
1 whole wheat bread $1.29 ea
1 pk sandwich bags $1.89 ea
1 pk sandwich meat $2.99 1lb
1 bag chicken nuggets $3.99 32oz (great price!)

Super H: $13.74
1 pk Pork Spare Ribs (on special for $1.99/lb…can’t wait to eat these!) paid $5.79
5 lbs bananas $.49/lb
2 green leaf lettuce $.99 ea
1 bunch scallions $.33ea
6 corn on cob (@ $1/3! Bought some last week and these were yummy!)

So this week’s grocery total: $68.92 (not too shabby!)

As I mentioned, the rest of my staples I don’t find on sale generally come from Aldi’s (milk, bread, eggs, sandwich meat, etc.) and Super H. Super H is a chain Asian supermarket with fresh produce, meats and other Asian foods. They have tremendous savings on meat and produce.

For example, today I bought fresh Green Leaf Lettuce for $.99 a head…and they were big and gorgeous! I also LOVE my fresh herbs (that I can’t get from my garden) from there because they sell large bunches (compared to the little plastic containers you get at most supermarkets) of herbs for a very low price. I love fresh Dill in my salads and I buy that for only $.99 a bunch….and its a good amount. I also buy large chicken drumsticks (and boy these are meaty) for $.99/lb and stock up on them when they’re $.59/lb! We bbq a lot, so we LOVE this place.

Share your shopping trip savings with us this week!

Weekly Totals for 4/3 – 4/9/11

This was a REALLY great shopping week for me at Publix. I bought amazing deals for great prices.

Here is the total:

Total:   $135.49
Savings: $109.28
Total after coupons & savings: $26.21
(then I used my $25 AE Gift Card!)
TOTAL SPENT: $1.21

Awesome week!

This is what I bought with the $1.21 (or really $26.21 without the awesome gift card):

9 Boxes of Frosted Mini Wheats (my kids go through LOTS of cereal…this is a must!)
6 Boxes of Aunt Jemima Frozen Pancakes
2 Bags of Craisins
6 Bags of Sunkist Almond Accents (so wonderful for my salads!)
4 Bags of Green Giant Vegetable Steamers
2 Cans of Emeril’s Beef Raviolis
4 Tubs of I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter ( I was just about out…so this was perfect timing!)
4 Jell-O Temptation 3pks (1 was FREE!)
8 Bottles of Ken’s Marinade (we bbq A LOT…so this was fantastic!)
2 Bottles of Glass Plus Cleaner

This was a VERY happy week of shopping! :)

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I just found this great site for Internet coupons and added it to my list of Fav’s Sites I Use.

www.couponnetwork.com

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