Albertson’s Clearance

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Clairol Nice and Easy Hair Dye – Regular Price $9.99

– On clearance for $2.99

– Used $2.00 off one Clairol hair dye coupon

Final Price $0.99

 

Glade Room Spray Regular Price $3.99

– On clearance for $1.00

– Used $0.55 off one coupon

Final price of $0.45 for 1 or $2.25 for all five

 

Total Out Of Pocket = $3.24

Total Value = $29.94

Total Saved = $26.70 or 89%

Walgreens $1.00 Money Maker on Hair Dye

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It is a slow week at Walgreen’s so I figured I would just go in and check out their clearance selection. Well I hit the jackpot. I happened to find Clairol Nice and Easy Hair Dye Foam in one of my favorite shades. They were regular priced $8.99 on clearance for $2.74. I had a $3.00 off coupon from 2/18 Smart Source. So I paid and was happy enough to get 2 for free. Then a $1.00 register reward printed out. So it ended up being a $1.00 money maker.

Total Spent – $0.00 or $0.33 with tax

Total Value – $17.98

Total Saved $17.98 or 100% plus I now have $1.00 for next time.

Huggies $5.50 per pack!!!!!!

Huggies Diapers are on sale at Rite Aid this week for $10. They are part of a promotion where if you spend $40 you get $10 back to spend on anything in the store. So here is an idea to get cheap huggies.

Buy 4 packs of huggies $40.00
-Use 4 coupons for $2.00 off from 3/18 Smart Source
-Pay $32.00
-Get back $10
It is like paying $22 for 4 packs of diapers of $5.50 for one.

Walgreens 2nd Trip Spent $2.02 and Saved $52.92

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Ok so this is my second trip. I have been looking for the free diet cleanse but just can’t seem to find it. O well I guess I will just have to keep going to the gym.

Carefree Panty Liners $1.59

– On sale for $0.99/1 and used $1.00/1 = $1.00 in coupons

-Total of 1 for FREE

 

Reach Tooth Brush $1.79

-Bought 2 for $3.58

– Used in ad coupon and $2/2 printable coupon = $3.60 in coupons

– Got both for FREE

 

M&M’s $0.99

– Bought  for $4.96

– On sale 2 for $1.00 = $2.00 for 4

– Used 2 coupons for $1.00 off of 2 Mars Easter Candy = $2.00 in coupons

– Got 4 for FREE

 

Snickers Eggs $0.59

– Bought 4 for $2.36

-On sale 2/$1.00 = $2.00 for 4

– Used 2 coupons for $1.00/2 Mars Easter products = 4 for FREE

 

Easter Stuffed Animals $3.99

-Bought 2 for $7.98

– On clearance for $0.75 or $1.50 for 2

 

Schick Intution Razors $11.49

– Bought 2 for $22.98

– On clearance for $2.87 for 1

– So $5.74 for both

 

Gillette Fusion Razor $9.99

– On clearance for $2.79

 

Schick Quantum With Beard Trimmer $12.99

– On clearance for $2.99

 

-Used $10.00 in RR from last week and $1.00 in RR from buying the ALL laundry detergent.

Total Out Of Pocket = $2.02

Total Value = $54.94

Total Saved = $52.92 or 97%

Walgreens 1st Shopping Trip Saved 95%

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Carefree Panty Liners $1.59

-Bought 4 for a total of $6.36

– On sale for $0.99/1 and used $1.00/1 = $4.00 in coupons

-Grand total of 4 for FREE

 

Reach Tooth Brush $1.79

-Bought 2 for $3.58

– Used in ad coupon and $2/2 printable coupon = $3.60 in coupons

– Got both for FREE

 

All Laundry Detergent 32 loads $5.99

– On sale for $3.99

– Used $1.00/1 coupon

– Total $2.99

 

Fruit Flavored Medicine Dosing Cups $4.99

– On clearance for $0.74

– Total of $0.74 for one

 

M&M’s $0.99

– Bought 6 for $5.94

– On sale 2 for $1.00 = $3.00 for 6

– Used 3 coupons for $1.00 off of 2 Mars Easter Candy = $3.00 in coupons

– Got 6 for FREE

 

Bic 10 ct Disposable Razors $3.99

– Bought 2 for $7.98

– On sale B1G1 Free = $5.98

– Used 2 coupons for $2/1 = $4 in coupons

– Paid $1.98 for both packs

 

Total Out Of Pocket = $1.71 (Used $4.00 in RR from last week if I didn’t have those I would have paid $5.71)

Total Value = $34.84

Total Saved = $33.13 or 95%

I got back $1.00 in RR but will add that to my next total of when I actually used it.

 

FREE Easter Candy Walgreen’s

There is a HOT coupon today in the 3/18 Smart Source. It is $1.00 off of 2 Mars Easter products with no size restrictions. Well Walgreens has some Mar Easter candy on sale 2/$1. So buy 2 pieces that are on sale and use $1 off coupon and they will be FREE. I love getting stuff like this because it something that I would end up buying anyway.

I bought M&M’s, snicker’s eggs, and milky way bunnies. So be on the look out for this deal.

Don’t forget if you didn’t get any papers this week many stores still carry them.

Getting Started With a Grocery Budget

I have learned a lot about couponing over the last three years. Sometimes I am really into it but sometimes not so much. I am working on getting my budget under control. I am making a conscious effect to spend no more than $550 a month on food, baby items, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc. I know that it is going to be a little tough but I have faith in myself.

I think that I am probably around that but have never tracked the spending. So every week I am going to update you on how much I have spent and saved that week and how much I have spent and saved for the month so far. I will begin this on April 1st.

Here are few tips that I have learned to help with saving money on food,

1. ALWAYS have a plan.

-Never walk into the store to shop for the week and have no idea what you are going to eat. It just spells disaster.

2. NEVER go grocery shopping hungry.

– I have spent way to much money on food that looks so good because I am starving and didn’t eat before heading to the store.

3. Make a general meal plan

– For my family we cannot stick to a set food schedule. We have more flexible schedules and sometimes we just change plans or decide “we don’t feel like chicken tonight”. So I try to plan at least 5 dinners and plenty of breakfast and lunch options.That way when I head into the store I know what items I am going to need. Some people can make a schedule, put it on the fridge, and stick with it. Great for them I wish we could but it is not our style.

4. Shop Sales

– I was talking to my mom who said she tries to cut down on her groceries but all that she has time to do it meal plan. Which is a great step but she could maximize her savings but talking an extra 5-10 minutues to meal plan based on what is on sale that week. If boneless skinless chicken breasts are on sale for $1.88 a lb than try to do 2-3 meals that are different but have chicken breast as an ingredient.

5. Avoid Constant Shopping

-I try to go to the grocery store no more than 2 times a week. The first time is usually a larger trip and the second usually is a smaller trip focusing on coupon deal and stockpiling. I will use that second trip to pick up any little things that got overlooked on the previous trip.I know people who will go to the grocery store every day to get dinner for that night. I can only imagine the damage that can do to a grocery budget. I know from personal experience if we try to just run in to get something for dinner that can turn into a $30-40 trip.

So I challenge you to make a change in your budget. Try a few of this tips and see if they work and help put more money into your pocket. I would love it if anyone would want to share their success with me. I will start reporting my weekly totals on Monday April 2nd.