Wednesday, March 30, 2011

New year... new me.

So it has been a year since I posted last.... which means I have not be faithful to blogging... but also I ahven't been faithful to clipping coupons.  I am determined to save my family money by using the coupons.  Luckily I have a great family who saves the coupons for me.  We also get them in our local paper. 

I shop at Walmart, Walgreens, and Rite Aid in my town.  We also have Dollar General, Freds, and Piggly Wiggly.  I travel out of town to Kroger, Publix, and Target as needed.

I have recently restocked my coupon binder and hope to see the saving add up.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Menu plan for Week 1/4/10

I have decided to post my menu plan. I hope this helps me with my grocery planning. Also I am trying to eat from my pantry with just minor grocery shopping this month.

Monday: eat at my parents house (meetings)

Tuesday: Crockpot Ranch Chicken, green beans, garlic potatoes

Wednesday: Hamburger steaks, baked potatoes, green beans/ green peas

Thursday: Soup and grilled cheese sandwiches

Friday: Out? (meetings)

Saturday: Sandwiches/ leftovers

Sunday: Breakfast

Lunches for me will be leftovers or frozen meals. The kids eat at school. Don eats out but I might send lunch with him this week if possible.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A new challenge!

Kelly from Faithful Provisions posted about eating from your pantry challenge. The challenge is to eat from your pantry for the entire month of January. I'm not sure if I can do it for the entire month but I am willing to try it to clean out my pantry of those foods about to expire.

So I am going to do this challenge with a spin to it. I don't have alot of meats in the freezer so I will need to pick up some meat through out the month. I do have lots of side items in the pantry that need to be used.

I pray that I can do this. Also we tend to eat alot of heat and serve foods... chicken nuggets and fish sticks being the kids faves... but my plan is to put a stop to alot of it this month.

Upset with myself

I sat down tonight to sort through what was left of my coupons.... you see, I stopped using coupons for about 6 months.... why you ask.... because I got lazy! And as I was sorting through the coupons that are still good, I find one for the rolls that I bought Sunday. If I had that coupon with me, I could have saved $1 off the rolls that coat me $2.60 a package.

So tonight I am vowing to get back into coupons. I can't imagine how much money I could have saved if I had continued to use coupons.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

stock pile eating

I really haven't been buying groceries over the last three months. I have bought the necessities and a few other items, but that is all. I haven't even kept up with what all I have spent.

Beginning July 1, I will start keeping track of my groceries again. I have my coupon binder almost back in order and a stack of coupons to clip this week. I will buy the necessities again this week, and then July 15 I will buy several things that I need for my stock pile.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

March... the first 10 days.....

The first 10 days of March have been busy for our family. Kaitlyn is having a birthday party this coming weekend and Don and I went to the mountains this past weekend. My shopping lately has reflected all of this.

I am not going to break my trips down completely, just post where and when and how much. I will work on posting better from now on.

March 1:

trans #1: Spent $12.10 saved $9.43 plus $2.56 with store discount (thanks to my dear hubby!)
trans #2: spent $42.97 saved $21.07 plus $11.22 store discount
trans #3: spent $38.61 saved $27.98 plus $8.06 store discount.

Total spent $93.68 OUCH! But saved $80.32
Don decided he needed new replacement heads for his razor and those were $25. We also stocked up on Zyrtec since I could get a RR from it. Those three items alone were $58.

March 6:
returned the replacement heads that Don got earlier because they were the wrong ones.
trans #1: returned razor heads and bought J&J baby products for my (former) step daughter who is expecting.
Spent $0.74 saved $8.75
trans #2: spent $0.62 saved #11.80

Bought food for trip along with snacks for Girl scouts (cupcake cake for Kaitlyn's birthday)
Spent $51.73 No coupons used :(

March 7:
Spent $15.59 saved $15.30 I forgot my comb and brush so I had to run to the store to get new ones... and then bought flip flops while there.

March 9:
Spent $82.30 No coupons here again... but I bought shoes and clothes for the kids mainly here. Not alot of this was food. I won't be counting this toward my monthly budget.

Trans #1: spent $22.70 saved $13.97 this is mainly pullups for Will but I did get diapers for Cecilia
Trans #2: spent $15.53 saved $20.47 this was all diapers for Cecilia.

total spent in the first 10 days: $200.59. YIKES! That is almost my entire budget. I realize that this month is not my normal since we did have a trip and birthday. Kaitlyn is having a total of 3 parties... which means spending alot of money on food. I will be making cupcakes for her sleepover and think I will see if my mom will make her a cake for our family party.


February was a rough month for me. For some reason, I misplaced several receipts for Feb which means i can not post what I spent for the month. So I am beginning fresh. March here I come.