Monday, January 25, 2010

Kroger Steals 1/25

WOW! Kroger has some good stuff on sale if you can combine their Buy 10 participating items, Get $5 with your best coupons!!! I needed bread and sliced cheese but I did put together 1 buy 10 get $5 deal and then I found enough items to put together another deal! I think I did really well considering I bought what we will eat and enjoy instead of just looking completely at what the store would pay me to take home(like Jill Cataldo). Although I do shop that way most of the time, today was a case in which I wanted to walk out with the cheapest of the products that I needed and enjoy! So here is how I did:
Kroger Wheat Bread $1
3 Rotel $.49 each w/10 deal(FREE after my coupons)
2 Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers $.88 w/10 deal
2 Oscar Myers Chicken lunchmeat $2.99 each w/10 deal ($4.98/2 after coupon)
1 Quaker Rice Cakes $.49 w/ 10 deal( FREE + $.26 MM)
4 Propel Water $.49 each w/ 10 deal ($.98/4 w/ coupon)
1 Quaker Oatmeal $1.88($.88 after coupon)
2 Quaker Chewy Granola bars $1.49 each w/10 deal ($1.98/2 after coupon)
2 Finish Gel Pacs detergent $2.99 each w/10 deal ($.98/2 after coupon)
1 Post Raisin Bran Cereal $1.99 w/10 deal (FREE after coupon)
1 Tropicana 50 Orange Juice $2.39 w/ 10 deal ($1.39 after coupon)
1 Kroger brand sliced cheese $1.88
1 Axe Shower gel $2.50 w/ 10 deal ($.50 after coupon and Kroger e-coupon)
1 Nestle Toll House Ref. Cookie dough $2.49 w/10 deal ($.94 after coupon and cellfire e-coupon)
Total OOP: $17.33
Total Saved: $42.83!!!
Fuel Points Earned:45
Can you believe if I didn't buy any of these things on sale, or with coupons I would have paid $60.16!!! No way would I ever pay that much for these purchases again!!
NOTE: You can do more than one of the buy 10 Get $5 deals! I did 2 of them(so I bought 20 items and got $10 off!)

Side Note- I don't ever calculate the E coupons into my oop expected amount so that if they don't work I'm not thrown for a loop! I like to just keep them as a surprise extra bonus savings!! I use to factor them in but now I save so much anyways that I like seeing them and being surprised about them(like the extra Axe Kroger ecoupon that worked on this transaction!!)

Oh and also check your Krogers cart clearance! Here are a few deals I found(but decided to pass up on, but you may want)-

Gillette Fusion Razor $4.69-$2 p&g coupon=$4.69(my hubby has like 4 of these, so I will wait. plus I didn't have room for it in this weeks grocery budget!)
Bayer Quick Realeas Crystals $3.25( I think there is a coupon out there for these but it might be a printable and since I am cutting down on printables I didn't have it)
Benevia $2.50
SO CHECK THE CARTS!!! I've found some great stuff for really cheap and then pair it with a coupon :-) 

Recap of my savings from Oct. 18th, 2009-Jan 2, 2010

Using the form Jill Cataldo provides on her site I kept track of my spending/savings on my groceries, over the counter meds, dog food, diapers/wipes......
Here is my breakdown:
Cummulative Value- $3,373.76 worth of product
Cummulative Savings- $2,551.74 coupons, RR and ECB's(and some sale pricing)
Cummulative Spending- $881.83 what I actually spent!!!! WOW! I could have never bought as much food, etc. that my family can use if I hadn't couponed!! Not to bad of an income!!!!!
($2,551.74 in 1 1/2 months)
So how have you done since you started couponing?
I will probably only keep track for the 1st year as it is a lot of work.

Subway: Buy 1 Sub, get 1 FREE Coupon!

Subway currently has a rare coupon available! Just go on over here and “Build a sub” to score a coupon for a FREE 6 inch sub with the purchase of a 6 inch sub and 32 oz fountain drink! You’ll receive the coupon via email. Be aware that it may go in your spam folder.
(Thanks, Melissa!)

FREE Love Letter Kit!

A great FREE way to tell your hubby/or wife that you love him/or her!

Wow! is offering up a great little freebie… perfect for Valentines Day! Just go here to score a FREE Love Letter Kit + FREE shipping! This kit includes 2 pieces of stationary and envelopes, tips and suggestions, and a folder to hold everything together!
**Allow 7-10 business days for delivery.
(Thanks, Nicole’sNickels!)

I ordered mine!! I can't wait to get it and be able to write something meaningful to my wonderful hubby!

Make Over Your Kitchen

Revive your cooking routine by giving your kitchen a face-lift. No hammers or nails needed for this makeover. By organizing your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer—and stocking them with go-to essentials—dinner can be cooked and on the table quickly and easily. Here’s what to do.

Get Organized
• Throw away anything past its expiration date and consolidate multiples of items that are half used.
• Transfer dry goods to airtight containers to prolong their shelf life.
• Label shelves so that everything has its place. Knowing where to find items makes cooking more efficient. Also, mark all foods that go in the freezer with the date.

6 Ways to Shop Smart and Eat Healthy

Shop Effectively
• Always make a grocery list and divide it into sections for produce, meat, dairy, pantry, etc. This way, you won’t waste time going back and forth between aisles.
• Check out the newspaper for sales. Make notes of specials and clip coupons for any of the items on your list. Avoid buying unnecessary products just because they are a good deal.
• Choose a time to shop that’s convenient for you and during low-volume hours when the selection will be plentiful.
• Load up on dinner essentials (see box at left). These items are versatile and can be used in many different dishes.  Think bacon and eggs are only for breakfast? How’s spaghetti carbonara sound?

Money-Saving Tips for a Frugal Meal

Prep and Plan Ahead
• After you get home from the supermarket, wash and cut up all of your produce. When veggies are already diced, stir-fry is a breeze. Having salad greens already washed will also make it easier to reach for a healthy side dish.
• Divide freezer essentials like chicken and bacon into individual servings. Time for thawing will be cut significantly and you’ll use only what you need.
• Plan your meals at the beginning of the week to eliminate the question “What’s for dinner?” each night. Make some meals multitask. If you’re preparing tomato sauce for chicken parmigiana, cook extra to pair with spaghetti and frozen vegetables for pasta primavera another day.
• Make a big pot of rice at the beginning of the week and store in the fridge. It can be used as a speedy side dish. Or combine it with soy sauce, eggs, chicken, and a few other essentials for a delicious fried-rice dinner.

5 Unexpected Food Trends

Dinner Essentials

• Balsamic vinegar
• Breadcrumbs
• Beans, canned
• Tomatoes, canned
• Onions, garlic
• Rice
• Spaghetti

• Broth
• Dijon mustard
• Eggs 
• Parmesan cheese
• Raspberry jam
• Soy sauce

• Bacon (freeze in individual portions)
• Chicken breasts
• Ginger root
• Mixed frozen vegetables

Spaghetti + eggs + Parmesan + bacon = Spaghetti Carbonara

Rice + onions + soy sauce + eggs + ginger root + chicken + veggies = Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken + breadcrumbs + tomatoes + Parmesan = Chicken Parmigiana

Veggies + broth + beans + onion + garlic + tomatoes + broken spaghetti = Hearty Vegetable Soup

Chicken + raspberry jam + broth + balsamic vinegar + garlic = Glazed Chicken Breasts

...And the Rest of the Home
by Pat George
Instead of an expensive remodel, these quick-and-easy changes for corners of your home will cheer up your space and make you smile.

Brighten a Front Door
Stuck with a dull entry? With only one quart of primer, one quart of an oil-based paint(try a warm color, like deep red), and a bottle of brass polish for the door knob, the entrance to your home will look vibrant and bright.
For an accent, fill a tall rattan planter with a fresh rosemary plant surrounded with English ivy. The herb will give off a great fragrance while adding greenery to your area. 
* Do not paint the door the same color as the surrounding trim. Choose a contrasting, bright accent color.
* Apply three coats of paint for best color and durability.
* The planter should be at least two feet high and its color should not match the door.

Give Your Bedroom a New Personality
Take advantage of January white sales. New sheets and pillowcases, a matching bed skirt to add color and hide the ugly metal bed frame, and throw pillows will give your bed a bright and cheerful new look. The wall behind the bed can also e dressed up with two king-size sheets and a wooden drapery pole. Just sew a pocket at the top and attach to the ceiling, and push a simple curtain rod through the bottom to attach at the baseboard behind the bed. The result is an easy and unexpected "head-board" at a fraction of the cost.
* Solid colors or striped sheets work best.
* Limit color scheme to two colors.
* Hang a mirror opposite a window to reflect light.

Bring Color to a Dark Bathroom
Create a decorator look by introducing bold colors like lime and aqua. Towels are on sale this month, so get a good supply. For accent pieces, think big: Try a two-foot vase filled with tall artificial green leaves--great for steamy rooms.
* Increase all light-bulb wattage.
* Stack folded towels on a shelf or in a basket for a neat, plush look.
* Buy a minimum of two towels in each size. This way, you always have one in the bathroom when the other is in the wash.

Watch CBS’s The Early Show on Wednesday, 7–9 a.m., for more home tips.