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71% saved on groceries this week

July 28th, 2008 at 05:05 pm

King Soopers was having their Mega Event sale and I saved 71% on groceries this week.

The following were free

2 packages Betty Crocker cookie mix
3 bottles Cattleman BBQ sauce - gave 2 to parents and 1 to brother
1 bottle French's hot sauce

Plus I got Cottonelle TP for 1/2 price
2 Betty Crocker warm desserts for .50 cents each

Colorado Corn on the Cob was on sale 5/$1 so I got 10 and froze them. That's probably going to be the best price I see this year.

Total after all sales/coupons was $12.35

Went to Texas Roadhouse for lunch - used a $5 off coupon.

Finished reading the library book The Bountiful Kitchen by Barry Bluestein. This book tells about how these guys planted fruit trees and vegetables on the terrace of their 19th floor condo in Chicago and then preserved the harvest. Really interesting. I'm putting this one on my list of books to buy sometime. I'm going to check their other book out of the library. Homemade in the Kitchen

Farmer's market

July 26th, 2008 at 06:44 pm

I got up early and walked with mom since it was cloudy. There was a garage sale along the route and we stopped on the way back. I got a brand new Braun emersion blender for $5. They had a brand new bread maker that I was tempted by for $10 since I want to try making bread when I retire. My mom said I should just use hers since she never uses it. So that's what I'll do when I'm ready.

We went to the Farmer's market and I got 10 lbs of Pinto Beans for $6. That's a very good price. The cheapest I've found them was at WalMart for .75 cents a lb. this is so that's a 20% savings.

Corn on the cob was on sale 4/$1 I got 2 ears. Mom got peaches, canteloupe, corn and tomatoes.

Finished reading my book Pandora's Curse by Jack Du Brul. Adventure. Very good. Similar to Clive Cussler type books.

$500 for pictures?

July 26th, 2008 at 02:57 am

My oldest niece will be a senior this year and they 'have' to get their school pictures done by a professional. Cost $500 - 1500. Unreal. My sister opted for the cheapest package at $500. My niece was complaining because she bought the cheap package. I cannot believe this. $500 for pictures... for a year book. This is insane. My niece wanted my sister to pay another $80 to add her baby pictures. How do parents afford this crap and why do they do it? Why do they allow the schools to dictate these expensive extras?

I had a good mail week. Free sample of Dove deodorant plus 4 $1.00 off coupons on Dove products

Discover sent me a coupon for $10 off at Red Lobster when I spend $20. First time I've gotten something like that from them. But that's cool since I eat there quite often.

Vocalpoint sent me 5 $1.00 off Coke 12-pack coupons

I got my Staples reward check from months ago for $10+

I finished reading the library book Blue Smoke and Murder by Elizabeth Lowell. Mystery. Very good

I also finished reading the library book Live it up without outliving your money! : 10 steps to a perfect retirement portfolio by Paul Merriman. Finance. Very good. Good information on various asset types and how to invest in them.

2 weeks notice

July 21st, 2008 at 09:15 pm

I sent my two weeks notice this morning. Last day is August 1st. So far no comment from boss....

Weekend Deals

July 21st, 2008 at 04:00 pm

I got a lot of good deals this weekend.
On Saturday went to WalMart where I saved $25 with coupons and price matches. My final cost was $42.

Target had a deal buy 4 14 oz boxes of Cheerios for $7 and I had WalMart price match that saving me a 30 mile round trip. I had two coupons for $1 off 2 so final cost was 4 boxes for $5.

I'm still stocking up on the cans of Muir Glen tomatoes. 4 cans at 34 cents each after $1 coupon.

I got 3 16 ct pkgs of Kotex for free after $1.00 coupons

I got 3 12 ct packages of Electrosol dishwashing tabs for 32 cents each after $2.25 coupon

I got 3 individual Wellness patches after $1.00 coupon. These were .97 cents so I 'made' 3 cents on each one.

My mom and I went to the farmer's market and I got 2 corn on the cob for $1 and 2 tomatoes for $1.50. The Corn was excellent. I haven't tried the tomatoes yet.

Sunday I went to King Soopers and purchased another $1200 in GCs making 10%. I got $1320 in GCs for the price of $1200. I also got 2 bottles of French's mustard for free after coupon and 2 4ct of Hawaian Sweet bread for free after coupons. I got a free newspaper on the way out.

I purchased a Red Lobster GC spreading my 10% savings in to restaraunt deals. I saved 33% on the grocery bill.

I got my second Spring Fling GC from American Express these week so went to Borders. I got 2 books using a 30% off one coupon and then in another purchase I got another book using a 20% off coupon. Both purchased gave me free Seattle Best Coffee samples. So 3 books and 2 copy samples free using the GCs. I have $30 left on those GCs.

Big Lots had a 20% off your entire purchase coupon but even though I spent a half hour there I couldn't find anything I wanted/needed so I gave my coupon to someone in line at the store.

Went to Red Lobster for lunch. Had a $4 off coupon. Lunch was $7 total for popcorn shrimp, baked potato, salad and rolls.

Last stop was Walgreens. I got the following:

Herbert's Chocolate bar - FAR
2 black G2 Pilot pens - FAR
20 ct Crayola washable markers - FAR
2 packs of 5 highlighter pens from Bic. On sale for .39 cents each but after $1 coupon 'made' 21 cents.

Spent $5.05 at Walgreens and get $5.00 back in rebates.

A lot of going to different places but only a small amount of spending. Love getting the free stuff.

I got a free sample of Red Spice body wash and Garnier Fructis moisturizer in the mail this week.

I finished reading my book Creation in Death by J.D. Robb. Mystery. Excellent.

Movie night

July 15th, 2008 at 04:22 pm

I took my youngest niece to see Journey to the Center of the Earth in 3D last night. I don't care for crowds so I hate to go see movies until they've been out for 2 or 3 weeks, but based on last night going on a Monday is the way to see the movie without crowds. There were only 7 people in the theater for the 4:30 movie. It was the best 3D movie I've ever seens. The quality of the glasses was miles better than the old cardboard ones I remember. As far the movie it was ok, I thought it was kind of boring. My niece really liked it though so that's what counts. Tickets have gone up another dollar though. At the first of the summer I was saying they went up to $6 and now they've gone up to $7.

I filled up my tank with gas $41. Just last year it was the first time I had spent $20 to fill up then it was the first time for a $30 fillup now $40 in just a few months time.

We went to Red Robin for dinner -yum

We went to the dollar store on the way home and I found the same size lemon juice I've been getting from WalMart for .84 cents cheaper. I bought 6 bottles. Lemon juice in my water has really made a difference in my blood sugar numbers for diabetes. I read that the acid keeps them down. I also found the same size sunflower seeds for .74 cents cheaper. I bought one of those. I like dollar stores, I'm just not around them very often, so I stocked up on the lemon juice.

Finished reading the library book Cheaper and Better Homemade Alternatives to Storebought Goods by Nancy Birnes. Excellent book. Some really interesting recipes. I'm going to try to find this used and buy it for my reference shelf.

I finished reading the library book East of the Sun, West of the Moon by John Ringo. Sci/Fi very good

57% saved on groceries

July 13th, 2008 at 06:46 pm

I had a great grocery shop this morning. According to the receipt I saved 57%. 36.47 in coupons and 17.18 from the sales.

I got a $1.00 catalina coupon good on anything on my next order and I will send in a rebate for $1.99 saving another $3.99

First deal was the Proctor and Gamble one. If you bought 3 participating products you get $3 off. I had 2 coupons for BOGO on Always 28 ct. It was on sale for $5.00 each. I bought 4 for $20 less $10 for the BOBO coupons less $3 for the promotion meaning I spent $7 for the 4 or $1.75 each. SCORE!

Next deal was Planter's peanuts. I had 3 coupons for $3 off of Planters when you buy 3 Nabisco, Oscar Meyer or Kraft products.

First peanut deal. 12 oz Planters cocktail peanuts cost $3.19

I had 2 coupons for .50 off Oscar Meyer hotdogs. They were on sale for $1.00 the coupons were doubled so free. I bought 1 pkg lemonade Kookaid for .21 cents.

So 2 packages hotdogs - Free
1 package Koolaid - .21
1 can peanuts - .19
Total cost - .40

Second peanut deal

3 packages koolaid at .21 each
1 can peanuts .19 after coupon
Total - .82

Third peanut deal

I had a coupon for free 12 oz Kraft cheese slices when you buy 3 planter, kraft etc products. So combined with deal #1 and #2 the cheese was free and contributed towards the 3 products needed to get the #3.00 off peanuts coupons. I added 2 packages Koolaid to make 3 products.

12 oz Kraft cheese $2.99 - Free after coupon
2 packages Koolaid - .21 each
1 can peanutes .19 after coupons
Total - .61

Total of all 3 peanut deals

3 12 oz cans of peanuts
1 12 oz package of Kraft cheese slices
2 8 ct pacages Oscar Meyer hotdogs
6 packages Koolaid
Total cost - 1.83

I had 2 .50 coupons on Hawaian Sweet bread which I love. At the deli they sell 4 packs for $1.00 after the coupons was doubled I got 2 packages for free.

Rice a Roni Natures Way was on sale for $1.05 after a .50 cent coupon that was doubled cost was .05 cents.

Excedrin back and body has FAR which I got and will sent in. The $1 Catalina coupons I got that can be used on anything was for purchasing this.

Hot dog buns were in the clearance section for .49 cents. I got 1 package.

4 pack of Cottonelle TP was on sale for .99 I had a .25 coupon so only .49 cents after it was doubled.

As I was walking out the store I got a free Sunday paper $1.25 with more coupons Smile

The peanuts go in my stash for my brothers xmas presents.

I also got trial size cheerios and Gillette body spray in the mail this week for samples. And I got the first of the two American Express Spring Fling $25 gift cards for Borders/Best Buy in the mail.

Very good morning.

Only 3 weeks left to work before I retire now. I can't wait. This last week was horrible. So much stupidity, so many people screwing up my test caes and then asking me to fix them. BLEAGH

I finished reading the library book Against the Tide by John Ringo. Sci/Fi very good

I finished reading the library book Tail Spin by Catherine Coulter. Romance/Mystery very good

I finished reading the library book Fearless Fourteen. Mystery. I liked this but I didn't think it was as good or as funny as many of the others in this series.

I finished reading The Tangled Web by Anne Bishop. Sci/Fi. Excellent. I love these books by this author. Very well written and the characters make you care about each of them a lot.