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$15.00 from Catalina today!

March 16th, 2011 at 12:32 am

Ran errands today and here is how I did:

Walgreens: I kind of messed this up because I bought the wrong product last week and didn't get the RR for it. Then I lost the $5.00 RR that I did get. I need to get more organized. I feel like I've got coupons and ads all over the house. Anyhoo, so I was basically starting over with WAGS today:

Irish Spring Body Wash $3.00
Irish Spring Deodarent: 3.00
Purex Fabric Softener 4.99
Easter Candy 2.03
Less Body Wash Coupon - .50
Less Deoderant Coupon - .50
Less Fabric Softener Coupon -2.00
Plus tax 1.02
Final total 11.04

Received $6.00 RR

My total Walgreen's oop: $20.95
Total worth of products purchased: $32.98
36% savings


Next I went to Fedex Office and spent $2.46 to get an image enlarged for one of Samantha's 4-H posters. This comes out of the activities budget.

Next stop Albertson's:
Glade Air Freshener x 2 $3.98
Less two printable coupons -2.00
Less two coupon doublers -1.98
Plus tax .19

Final total .19

Received $1.00 oyno from Catalina

.81 profit!

Last stop Fred Meyer:

$103.16 after $12.67 coupon savings

Received $5.00 oyno and $3.00 oyno Catalina

Shopping for Kids' Clothes

March 7th, 2011 at 06:03 am

Saturday we went clothes shopping for the kids. I've been shopping for them around the first of each month. There was a bit more buying today because I buy them shoes in March and September. I buy most of their clothing at Gymboree and their shoes at Nordstrom. I know I could be more thrifty in this area. I have tried, at times, to do their clothing less expensively, but I have never been happy with the quality. Besides, I have FUN shopping for the kids at these places. Here is the damage:

Nordstrom:
Tennis shoes for Samantha: $59.95
Tennis shoes for Owen: 59.95
Flats for Samantha: 39.95
Socks for Owen: 10.00
Socks for Samantha: 10.00
Tax: 16.73
Less Nordstrom Note: -20.00
Total: 176.58

Gymboree:
Original Total: $281.50
Less Sale: -108.20
Less 20% Coupon: -45.84
Plus tax: 16.15
Total: 199.51

55% savings!

Weekly shopping

March 4th, 2011 at 01:01 am

I did my weekly grocery shopping at Fred Meyer today. Unfortunately, they don't neatly summarize all of the savings on the receipt like some other stores do. Even the coupon summary on the bottom didn't include the e-coupons that I had loaded onto my Rewards card. I can tell you that my grand total was $154.47 after using $7.45 in coupons.

I may go back tomorrow. I had not kept the store coupons that come on Sundays so I was not aware of some deals until I got to the store.

On the bottom of my receipt I got an application for the Fred Meyer Master Card. I think that I am going to apply. The benefits are:

Earn double rewards points at Fred Meyer
Earn single rewards points everywhere else
Save an extra .05 off per gal at Fred Meyer Fuel Centers

I shop at Freddie's a lot, so this could really pay off for me. I'm also willing to drive the extra bit to a Fred Meyer Fuel Center to get .15 off per gallon.

Motrin PM and Aquafor Lip Repair

March 4th, 2011 at 12:43 am

I got the other two deals that I wanted at Walgreens though I had to go to both of them to do it.

1st stop:

Motrin PM, 20 ct $3.00
Less coupon -1.00
Plus tax 0.28
Final total: $2.28

Received $3.00 RR

2nd stop:

Aquaphor Lip Repair $4.99
Less coupon -1.00
Plus tax 0.46
Final total: $4.45

Received $4.00 RR

My total Walgreen's oop: $9.91
Total worth of products purchased: $13.90
28% savings




Cereal and Fruit Snacks

March 3rd, 2011 at 05:14 am

Fruit by the Foot, $2.79
Cinnamon Toast Crunch, $3.69
Golden Grahams x 2, $3.69 ea
Cheerios Cinnamon Burst, $3.89
Fruit Shape Creatures, $2.79
Spongebob Fruit Snacks, $2.79
Simply Fruit Roll-ups, $3.99
Less Club Card: -17.40
Less Coupons: - 2.05
Final total: $ 7.87 71% savings!

Toothpaste

March 3rd, 2011 at 04:57 am

I went to Walgreen's for three deals today but two of them were not in stock.

I did buy a tube of toothpaste for $2.99 and got a $3.00 RR back on it. I will check the other Walgreen's tomorrow for the other items.

March Savings Balances

March 3rd, 2011 at 04:34 am

Car Insurance 446.34
Christmas 600.00
Vacation 1600.00
Dealer Meetings 200.00
Million Dollar Jobs 50.00
Fair 40.00
EF - Dog 59.87
Glasses/Contacts 59.87
Disneyland 67.32
Car Replacement 67.33
EF - House 60.18
EF - Car 163.63
House Project 49.83
EF - Medical 276.52
Refi Refund Ron 1214.56
Refi Refund Kristen 698.70
Buffer 390.50

March Budget

March 3rd, 2011 at 12:34 am

Available for the month: $6,975.03

Mortgage 1966.53
Entertainment 450.00
HELoC 425.00
Electricity 250.69
Tuition 545.00
House 100.00
Phone & Internet 102.59
Cable 83.14
Garbage 43.61
Sewer 30.32
Haircut - Ron 19.00
Groceries 1145.64
Gas 241.12
Activities 139.62
Cosmetics 16.40
Fund Raisers 60.12
Haircut - Samantha 28.00
School Lunches 17.55
Clothing - Owen 51.60
Clothing - Kristen 33.02
Clothing - Ron 192.85
Clothing - Samantha 204.99
Car Insurance 110.84
Christmas 200.00
Vacation 200.00
Dealer Meetings 100.00
Million Dollar Jobs 25.00
Fair 20.00
EF - Dog 15.30
Glasses/Contacts 15.30
Disneyland 15.30
Car Replacement 15.30
EF - House 15.30
EF - Car 15.30
House Project 15.30
EF - Medical 15.30