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Frugal Friday

Life as Mom

This is my first time taking part in Frugal Friday. It is put on by Life as Mom. She wants us to share a tip a week about what keeps us staying in the Black.

I used to spend probably up to $600 a month on groceries and eating out for my family. I’m trying to find ways to cut back. Two weeks ago I took the Super Couponing class taught by Jill Cataldo. It was so much fun and it taught me a LOT. I’ve already shared a few of my shopping trips since taking the class. I plan on using my Frugal Friday post to tell you about my deals for the week along with any other money saving tips I can come up with as I go :) Please hop over to Life as Mom to check out more Frugal Friday posts!

CVS

Photobucket Not much going on there this week. I got a bottle of body wash. Probably not worth the stop in but after ECB it was a money maker.

1 Bottle of Soft Soap $4.99

Mfr Coupon -$1

CVS ECB -$2

Total $2.40 after tax

Received $4 ECB after sale.

Walgreens



Photobucket I am regretting this trip. I should have just done the razors and laundry detergent. I almost never give my children OTC medicine. I didn’t have my head in the game. I was hoping when I got there that the deal would apply to regular Children’s Tylenol and not just cold products. It didn’t but I didn’t think it through. All I was thinking was “get this done and get home.”  The Tylenol was not a bad deal, I just wish I hadn’t done it. Life and learn.

Tylenol Cold $4.99 ea x2= $9.98

Mfg Coupon $3 off 2

Total= $6.98

Get $5 register rewards back

Total $1.98 for 2 or .99 each.

The part that bothers me is the spending $6.98 per pocket on 4 transactions when I never use the stuff. Sigh.

Purex was B1G1F at Walgreens + B1G1F Coupon= 2 bottles FREE!

Razors $8.99 on sale

Mfg Coupon $4 off

Total= $4.99

Get $3 register rewards back

Total $1.99 each.

I had one mail in rebate, as well. So one is actually going to pay me back $7.

I should now have enough razors for myself for the year!

Jewel

Photobucket This one probably excites me the most. I didn’t use any regular coupons on this transaction. Had I looked around I MAYBE could have found one or two coupons for what I got. What excites me, though, is this: These are mostly my normal weekly groceries; fruit, lunchmeat, bread; and a few staples I ran out of. I took this all home for $8.19 out of pocket!! I had so many Register Rewards and Jewel Catalinas that I got to save a TON.

Shelf price $59.93

Preferred Savings-$10.74

Mfg Coupons (Cats & RR) -$41

Total $8.19

86.33% Savings!

There was one more Jewel deal I did not take a picture of but it was a jar of pesto sauce, box of angel hair pasta (featured on Taste Test Tuesday) and a Colgate Toothpaste.

Shelf price $7.62

Preferred Savings -$2.30

Mfg Coupons (Cat) -$5

Total .32 out of pocket! (Plus I received a $1 Cat from the toothpaste)

95.8% savings!

At the end of this week I still have $9 in CVS ECB and $12 in Walgreens Register Rewards to start next week out right! Total money out of pocket for all shown up there: $46.02! Not bad for weekly groceries, 4 razors, laundry detergent, and a bunch of Children’s Tylenol cold.

I just have to keep my husband’s nagging in my head to not do deals I don’t need *cough*children’stylenolcold*cough*!

Have a Frugal week!

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About the author

Paula Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.

Paula About Paula

Paula Krueger considers herself a "baby "chef, not because she cooks for babies, but because she's still learning how to cook. She started this blog after taking Wilton method classes and at that point was more interested in baking. She's since become more interested in learning to cook as her family has grown. She also covers product reviews and travel as well.

Comments

  1. Don’t kick yourself about the medicine. Sometimes we get caught up ‘in the deal’ and the adrenaline keeps us from thinking. Could you possibly donate it? Maybe some local organization is gathering up things like food and medicine for Haiti or some other area in need?

    Or, don’t laugh at me…could you use any of it yourself? You’d have to figure out the adult dosage, but it’s a thought.

    We don’t have a “Jewel” store here, but you did great! And looking over your haul, I don’t really see anything for which there would have been coupons.

  2. Maryann Gates says:

    You are doing AWESOME with all the couponing!!

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