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Frugal Friday March 12

Life as Mom

This is my second 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. Today she is featuring how to make your own instant oatmeal. I am definitely going to give this a try because, like her, we go through way too much in one meal!

Please hop over to Life as Mom to check out more Frugal Friday posts!


I did my first real Target shop this week. I think I did pretty well. I got 5 packages of cookies, 3 bottles of body wash, 2-4 pks of light bulbs, 2 electric toothbrushes, 4 bars of soap, 2 boxes of BandAids, 2 deodorants, 1 travel bottle of ReNu (for a friend) and 1 bottle of baby shampoo.

I paid $37.74 out of pocket and am getting a $15 rebate from Olay. Brings the total down to $22.74! I saved $40.10 after the rebate, bringing my savings to 63.81%


I had to make two trips to Jewel this week. The first trip was to get a couple essentials and to get pizza ingredients for a giveaway I’m doing next week.

Trip #1

Shelf price $24.41

Preferred Savings-$4.48

Mfg Coupons (Cats & RR) -$12

Total $7.93

67.51% Savings!

Here is trip #2. I stocked up on fruit snacks big time! I did two of the “get $10 back” deals. I did all this shopping in 3 transactions. I’m just going to give you the bottom line, though.

Shelf price $144.31

Preferred Savings -$40.65

Mfg Coupons (and Cat) -$51.29

Total $52.37 out of pocket.! (Plus I received a $13.50 in Cats for a future purchase)

63.71% savings!

At the end of this week I still have $9 in CVS ECB and $13.50 in Jewel Catalinas to start next week out right! Total money out of pocket for all shown up there: $83.04! My normal grocery bill is around $125 a week.

Have a Frugal week!

Please don’t forget to enter my $20 Target Gift Card Giveaway


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.


  1. Cool! I am so encouraged by how many smart shoppers are out there!
    .-= Olivia´s last blog ..Cheap Momma Entertainment =-.

  2. Great job on your shopping trips!!
    .-= Christi´s last blog ..Entertainment Books – 50% off plus Free Shipping =-.

  3. Hey there! I’m a new follower from Friday Follow. Hope to see you around my blog sometime! And please feel free to check out my most current giveaway for 1 of 3 Xbox 360 games :).
    Take Care.

    Oh and by the way, I really love your blog, I need to become a smart shopper, so trust me I’ll be a regular follower. I need someone for guidance ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Good job on your savings! I really, really need to get back on the couponing bandwagon.
    .-= deb´s last blog ..Disney Give A Day, Get A Day Program =-.